Seattle Kraken debuting all-Black TV broadcast crew featuring Detroit native

Associated Press

Seattle — The Seattle Kraken say they will make NHL history during Thursday night’s game against Winnipeg when play-by-play announcer and Detroit native Everett Fitzhugh along with analyst JT Brown team up to form the first all-Black television broadcast crew to call an NHL game.

Fitzhugh and Brown will appear on ROOT Sports Northwest. Fitzhugh is Seattle’s radio play-by-play announcer but will be moving over to the television side for one night while regular TV announcer John Forslund works the national broadcasts for Vegas and Colorado on TNT.

Detroit's Everett Fitzhugh was named the first Black NHL team broadcaster by the Seattle Kraken.

Fitzhugh, was named the first Black NHL team broadcaster by the Kraken in its expansion season in 2020. 

'Dream come true:' Detroit's Everett Fitzhugh first Black NHL team broadcaster

Seattle senior vice president of marketing and communications Katie Townsend said the team had planned for Forslund to miss a small number of games for national broadcast duties during the season and have Fitzhugh step in. She said having Fitzhugh and Brown team up during Black History Month adds even more significance.

“We are fortunate to have an incredibly talented broadcast team. Everett and JT moved into NHL broadcasting this season, worked hard and have made an immediate connection with our fans,” Townsend said.

Fitzhugh was Seattle’s first broadcast hire in the summer of 2020 after working in the ECHL.

Brown retired after playing parts of seven seasons with Tampa Bay, Anaheim and Minnesota. He last played during the 2018-19 season.