Kraken announce John Forslund as TV play-by-play announcer; Games to be broadcast on ROOT SPORTS

by Grant Beery
Broadcast graphic courtesy of ROOT SPORTS

Broadcast graphic courtesy of ROOT SPORTS

UPDATE 1/26/21 1:14PMAdded info regarding streaming option from AT&T.

The Seattle Kraken took to Twitter today to announce their TV plans for the upcoming inaugural season with a “FaceTime” call featuring John Forslund, the new TV play-by-play announcer. Fans will be able to hear Forslund and see the Kraken on ROOT SPORTS, the longtime home of the Mariners.

ROOT SPORTS will televise approximately 75 home and road games during the 2021-2022 season, as well as the option for preseason and playoffs games. Kraken CEO Tod Leiweke said ROOT was a natural fit for the team as the Mariners have been a longtime partner of the channel. This is ROOT’s third NHL team they have broadcast rights with, having deals with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Vegas Golden Knights as well.

“Their experience with the Seattle Mariners made them a great choice to build a broadcast that will be unique for our fans. Additionally, their broadcast distribution will help us ensure that Kraken games will be on at every sports bar around the Pacific Northwest.”

— Tod Leiweke
Broadcast graphic courtesy of ROOT SPORTS

Broadcast graphic courtesy of ROOT SPORTS

When it comes to how you can watch the games, Tod Leiweke has indicated that the broadcast territory for Kraken games includes all of Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and a small part of Idaho. The Kraken have indicated that no online streaming is currently in the plans, so if you don’t have cable, you’ll need to subscribe to AT&T TV’s “XTRA” package to get ROOT SPORTS.

John Forslund joins the Kraken on a five year deal after his contract was not renewed with the Carolina Hurricanes last season. He had been a broadcaster with the organization since 1991 when they were the Hartford Whalers. Kraken General Manager Ron Francis, a former Whaler and Hurricane himself, made the introduction between Forslund and Leiweke.

The Kraken’s new voice should be for most hockey fans across the country as well. Forslund has been a broadcaster for nationally televised games on ESPN and NBC for many years and will continue to do so on top of his duties with the Kraken.

Another detail from this announcement is a more defined role for Everett Fitzhugh, who will serve as the radio play-by-play announcer for the Kraken. A radio broadcast partner has not been announced yet, but the Kraken have said discussions are ongoing.

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