John Forslund

John Forslund (born February 14, 1962, in Springfield, Massachusetts) is an American sports announcer who recently served as the television play-by-play announcer of the Carolina Hurricanes. He has been with the team since 1991 (when the team was the Hartford Whalers) and has been calling games since 1995.

John Forslund in February 2012

Forslund's contract with the Hurricanes expired at the end of the 2020 regular season and was unresolved at the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs qualifying round. Forslund has called games for NBC Sports in the Toronto hub through the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.[1]


Forslund's career began with the American Hockey League's Springfield Indians. From 1984–91 he handled the team's television and radio broadcasts - with the well-known catchphrase "Hey hey, whadda ya say!" - including producing and hosting a weekly talk and interview show called Inside the Indians for regional cable. In 1989 he won the Ken McKenzie Award, an award given to the AHL's top publicist and/or announcer.

He joined the Hartford Whalers organization in 1991 as public relations director. In 1995, he replaced Rick Peckham on the Whalers television broadcasts, then on SportsChannel New England. In 1997, he followed the team to North Carolina when the Whalers relocated to Raleigh. He formerly served as the Hurricanes radio analyst alongside Chuck Kaiton during non-televised games. His broadcasting partners have included Kaiton, Tripp Tracy, Daryl Reaugh, and Bill Gardner.

Nationally, Forslund has served as a play-by-play announcer for the ESPN National Hockey Night, NHL on Versus, NBCSN, NBC Sports, and has called ACC and SEC basketball for Fox Sports Net.

Forslund is a graduate of Springfield College and earned his master's degree in Athletic Management from Adelphi University.


  1. ^ "NBC, USA and NBCSN present 120 hours of NHL starting Saturday; Profiles of all talent + schedule". Sports Broadcast Journal. 2020-07-29. Retrieved 2020-08-09.