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Vancouver Canucks Rivalry, Seattle TV Man Forslund on Kraken

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The Vancouver Canucks have a new regional rival and one of their strongest talents will be in the broadcast booth.

Doc Emrick was the longtime voice of hockey on network television in the United States. John Forslund was the main man backing him up and also the play-by-play voice of the Carolina Hurricanes on TV from 1995 to 2020. The NHL’s contract with NBC Sports expired this past season, as did Forslund’s time in Raleigh. “JF” brings his experience, expertise, and unique style to the Pacific Northwest as the new voice of the new team, the Seattle Kraken. We talked all things Kraken, including the burgeoning rivalry with the Vancouver Canucks.

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John Forslund.

The Seattle Kraken and Vancouver Canucks play an exhibition game on Sunday in Spokane, the Kraken franchise’s first, and then another on October 5th in Vancouver. The Canucks are also the guests of the Kraken for Seattle’s regular season home opener on October 23rd.

Forslund fills in some blanks and reinforces our Seattle Kraken rivalry preview from not long ago. Former Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano is wearing the ‘C’ for the expansion club and veteran, stalwart goalie Philipp Grubauer will be manning the crease.

Top forwards would likely be Jared McCann, who should be an effective option on the power play, and veteran Jordan Eberle, the former 1st-round NHL Draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers back in 2008.

Ultimately, as we’ve said before, don’t expect the same magic we saw from the Vegas Golden Knights in their inaugural NHL season back in 2017-’18 season. That would be almost impossible to duplicate. The Seattle Kraken roster simply doesn’t appear that deep.

VHN Managing Editor Rob Simpson has been covering the NHL for three decades on live TV, radio, and as a journalist. He worked his first ever game getting postgame sound as a teenager; it was Vancouver vs. Detroit.

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