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Canes’ John Forslund named NC sportscaster of year

Carolina Hurricanes TV announcer John Forslund does part of the pregame show in the booth before an NHL game played between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Dallas Stars at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. on March 12, 2015. Forslund has been the TV voice of the Hurricanes for over 20 years.
Carolina Hurricanes TV announcer John Forslund does part of the pregame show in the booth before an NHL game played between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Dallas Stars at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. on March 12, 2015. Forslund has been the TV voice of the Hurricanes for over 20 years. cseward@newsobserver.com

Hey, hey, whaddya say, John Forslund has a big award coming his way.

The Carolina Hurricanes play-by-play announcer has been named the North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association, it was announced Monday.

Forslund is in his 24th season as the TV play-by-play man for the Hurricanes and his 28th year overall with the franchise. He joined the Hartford Whalers in 1991 as public relations director and became the TV play-by-play man in the 1994-95 season, moving to North Carolina when franchise was relocated in 1997 and renamed the Carolina Hurricanes.

Forslund also works nationally televised games for the NBC sports network.

Forslund spent seven seasons handling broadcast duties for the American Hockey League’s Springfield Indians from 1984-91. He was the winner of the 1989 Ken McKenzie Award, given annually to the top publicist/announcer in the AHL.

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.
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