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While the Vancouver Canucks are still in discussion for the broadcast rights for the upcoming season, the Seattle Kraken wasted no time in adding Eddie Olczyk to their broadcast team.

He will be working alongside John Forslund and JT Brown in what they are hoping will be the most entertaining “team” of all NHL clubs.

While many question this let’s face reality, some broadcasts are boring to the fans and with all due respect it’s like they think the game is focused on them.

Being in the industry, I hear this and while each and every broadcast can be challenging some do have an off night in the booth.

We are hearing that the Vancouver Canucks are still (as of press time) in negotiations for a radio broadcast partner with things on the home front being quiet.

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Currently Sportsnet has been the Canucks home since 2017 that has the current five-year deal set to expire.

I am hearing that this was to be finalized a while back, but you have to wonder if this is due to the new group in place for the Canucks, which could conceivably be a reality.

Let’s hope this gets sorted out in the next while and we can mention that one not returning to the press box is Corey Hirscch who has stepped down for personal reasons.

In wanting to give him a free plug he has a book coming out on the topic of mental health which include various initiatives he is strongly passionate about and we wish him all the best.

The Seattle Root Sports line up is looking at scoring a hat-trick with many in the Seattle and surrounding area, which continues to grow week by week.

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Not only adding to their on-air broadcast they have reached out to Victoria’s Dave Lowry who played 1,185 games through 19 seasons through 5 teams.

He played his first four seasons with Florida, then the expansion team who managed to play a key role in the run to the 1996 Stanley Cup Final in only their third playing season.

When asked Dave did mention “I think we might have had dinner four times from December till the end of the season and that would be something his mom would organize, just so she could see him.

The Kraken’s AHL affiliate team is the Coachella Valley Firebirds who are playing the Abbotsford Canucks October 21 at 3 pm and also October 23rd with a 6 pm face-off.

On another hockey related note we congratulate Jeff Tambellini on being hired by the Kraken as their Director of Player Development who finished his career with the Canucks.

While we are dealing with Seattle and the area, this is more for my Sister and Nephew and family who enjoy attending games at various rinks.

Note that two World’s elite teams face-off Nov. 20 at Climate Pledge Arena when the American and Canadian national women’s teams meet in the 2022-23 Rivalry Series. 

This is the first U.S. date for teams who have dominated gold-medal game appearances in the IIHF World Championships and Winter Olympics. 

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This includes Canada’s 3-2 win in Beijing last February thereby avenging Team USA’s 2018 victory. 

This is you chance to catch elite Women’s hockey and the first women’s game at Climate Pledge Arena which is sponsored by Kraken founding partner Symetra and tickets, starting at $25. 

Tickets went on sale Aug. 10th and if you are looking for additional information and updates please click here.


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