John Forslund is in his 24th season as the Hurricanes’ television
play-by-play announcer, his 28th year with the club and his 35th year
in hockey. In addition to calling all the action on Hurricanes television
broadcasts, Forslund continues to serve as a play-by-play announcer for
nationally-televised broadcasts on the NBC family of networks and as a
contributor for the NHL Network.
Outside of his hockey work, Forslund has experience covering Atlantic
Coast Conference and Southern Conference basketball for FOX Sports
Net. In 2003, Forslund won Telly awards for Forslund Focus, part of the
Hurricanes’ in-game presentation, and “Raisin’ Canes,” the home video
celebrating the Hurricanes’ 2002 playoff run. Forslund has also been
recognized with Mid-South Emmy Awards for Hurricanes broadcasts in
2007 and 2009.
Forslund fi rst joined the organization for the 1991-92 season as the
public relations director, a position he held for four seasons. During his
tenure, Forslund also served as the Hartford Whalers’ color analyst on the
Whalers Radio Network. Prior to his appointment in Hartford, Forslund
handled the television and radio broadcasts for the Springfi eld Indians
of the American Hockey League from 1984-1991. He was recognized
as one of the AHL’s top publicists/
announcers when he received the Ken
McKenzie Award in 1989.
Forslund continues to be heavily
involved in the Triangle community,
and has served as emcee for charitable
events including the Jimmy V Celebrity
Golf Classic Gala, the Greater Raleigh
Sports Council’s Night of Champions and Carolina Hurricanes Kids ‘N
Community Foundation fundraisers including Canes Bash, the Canes 5k
and the Golf Tournament. Forslund is on the board of directors for Spare
Some for Autism and is also involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation,
March of Dimes, Genesis Home, Food Bank of North Carolina and the
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.
A graduate of Springfi eld College, Forslund went on to earn his
master’s degree in athletic management from Adelphi University. John
and his wife, Natalie, reside in Apex. They have two daughters, Erika and
Kara, and a son, Matthew.
TRIPP T R ACY
Tripp Tracy is in his 20th season as the Hurricanes’ television analyst,
serving alongside John Forslund on all team broadcasts. In addition to his
work on Fox Sports Carolinas, Tracy also broadcasted playoff games for
NBC Sports Network during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
A former goaltender, Tracy was originally drafted by the Philadelphia
Flyers in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. After completing four seasons at
Harvard University, Tracy signed a free agent contract with the Hurricanes
in August 1996. He spent two seasons in the organization, playing for
Richmond (ECHL), Springfi eld (AHL), New Haven (AHL) and Carolina
(NHL). Tracy retired from his playing career in 1998 and accepted a
position at CNN before returning to the
organization for the 1998-99 season.
Tripp lives in Raleigh and is involved
in several charitable organizations in
the Triangle, including the St. Baldrick’s
Foundation. He also serves on the board
for Children’s Charities at Adios and
has participated in several Hurricanes
Alumni events, including the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Alumni Fantasy games.
TELEVISION AND WEB HOST
Mike Maniscalco is in his third season as the Hurricanes’ television and
web host. He serves as host of Hurricanes LIVE! prior to all of the team’s
games on FOX Sports Carolinas and Southeast, as well as hosting and
producing video content for CarolinaHurricanes.com.
Maniscalco is a 10-year veteran of sports media in the Triangle, and
hosted the popular pregame and postgame shows surrounding the
Hurricanes’ radio broadcasts from 2007-16. He also serves as host of the
Canes Corner radio show, an on-location, hour-long interview show that
helps connect members of the Hurricanes organization and the team’s fans.
Prior to relocating to Raleigh, Maniscalco was the afternoon drive host
at WRNL in Richmond, VA, from 2001-
07. He began his broadcasting career in
his hometown of Buffalo, NY, serving as
an on-air host and assistant production
director at WGR 550, from 1996-01.
Maniscalco most recently worked as
an on-air personality and coordinating
producer for IMG College Sports. He is
a 1997 graduate of Buffalo State College. Mike and his wife, Kristen,
reside in Raleigh.