Canes sign John Forslund and Tripp Tracy to new contracts

The Carolina Hurricanes are keeping their broadcast team together.

The team announced Monday that longtime play-by-play announcer John Forslund and analyst Tripp Tracy have agreed to contract extensions. The Canes also said Mike Maniscalco would continue as the team’s television and web host.

Forslund is in his 25th season as the television play-by-play voice with the Hurricanes franchise and his 29th year overall. He also is a play-by-play announcer for nationally-televised games on the NBC network.

In 2018, he was named North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.

“I’m happy to be back,” Forslund said Monday. “My heart has always been with the Carolina Hurricanes. I’m excited about the season we just had and looking forward to the next one.”

Tracy is in his 21st season as television analyst and Maniscalco is in his fourth season as the team’s television and web host.

“We are lucky to have one of the best in the business in John Forslund calling our games on Fox Sports Carolinas and 99.9 the Fan,” general manager Don Waddell said in a statement. “This will mark the 21st season that John and Tripp have passionately brought the game into the homes of our fans and represented our organization in the community.”

The Canes parted ways with longtime radio voice Chuck Kaiton last year and went to a simulcast, using the TV audio, for their radio broadcasts in the 2018-19 season.

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In more than 30 years at The N&O, Chip Alexander has covered the N.C. State, UNC, Duke and East Carolina beats, and now is in his 11th season on the Carolina Hurricanes beat. Alexander, who has won numerous writing awards at the state and national level, covered the Hurricanes’ move to North Carolina in 1997 and was a part of The N&O’s coverage of the Canes’ 2006 Stanley Cup run.