Kraken name Forslund first television play-by-play broadcaster


The Seattle Kraken named John Forslund their first television play-by-play broadcaster on Tuesday.

“It is an honor to join the Seattle Kraken as their inaugural television voice,” Forslund said. “I am looking forward to reuniting with (general manager) Ron Francis and working alongside (radio play-by-play broadcaster) Everett Fitzhugh. Throughout my career, I have cherished my connection with fans. To get the chance to create that bond and tell the Kraken story from Day One is a magnificent opportunity. I would like to thank the Seattle Kraken for this chance.”

Forslund also calls NHL games on NBC Sports. He previously was a radio and TV broadcaster for the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes from 1995-2020.

“John Forslund is one of the best broadcasters in sport,” Kraken CEO Tod Leiweke said. “He always brings fresh perspective and having him as a voice of our franchise is a big win for us and for our fans. He will play a role in introducing hockey to new fans and become a team ambassador for us.”

Kraken games will be broadcast in the Seattle area on Root Sports regional sports network.

Seattle will begin play as the 32nd NHL team next season. The NHL Expansion Draft is scheduled for July 21.

Tweet from @JohnForslund: HELLO SEATTLE!!!…What an honor it is to join the Kraken as the team’s television voice! You can watch all our games on @ROOTSPORTS_NWSomeday, we will all say…That’s Hockey Baby!!!GO Kraken!!!

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