ROOT Sports’ pre-season and regular-season Kraken lineup begins to take shape


Beginner to expert hockey fans will have a choice of several Kraken-related programs on ROOT Sports Northwest once the NHL expansion team kicks off its preseason in the coming weeks and its regular season next month.

Several sources from the Mariners-owned Regional Sports Network (RSN) said on Tuesday that a show “Kraken Hockey 101 – The Basics” will focus on the fundamentals of the sport and feature player and coach information that will air throughout the game. throughout the season. The half-hour show is scheduled to begin before the team’s preseason game on September 26 in Spokane against the Vancouver Canucks.

“Since this is a new market in the NHL, there will be fans and potential fans who might need to be educated about the game so they can watch it better,” said a source.

There will also be a match day “Kraken Warm-Up” broadcast, in a longer magazine-style format, and separate from a live pre-match broadcast. A weekly magazine show “Inside Kraken Hockey” will debut in October and will be similar in style to the “Mariners All-Access” program.

In addition, RSN is planning an evening show tentatively titled “ROOT Sports Tonight” for January covering all of the city’s sports teams and featuring news, highlights and interviews. It will air two or three shows per week, along with other Kraken content in season.

The programs will draw heavily on existing ROOT Sports hosts Brad Adam, Jen Mueller and Angie Mentink, known primarily for their coverage of the Mariners, but who are also shifting to other sports outside of the baseball season. Mueller was on hand to conduct studio interviews from a makeshift set during the NHL expansion draft at Gas Works Park in July when the Kraken selected most of his roster.

In addition, RSN is also expected to use the talents, coaches and staff of Kraken to bolster the shows. Kraken radio play-by-play voice Everett Fitzhugh has already been involved in several videos produced by the team for their official website, and TV analyst JT Brown is the type of former player at the NHL which the ROOT Sports set would otherwise be missing.

Brown will work on match broadcasts alongside game show man John Forslund, but may provide pre-recorded segments for other ROOT Sports programs. RSN and the team are still working on how the pre-match and post-match live segments will work in terms of analysis.

For the Mariners, former MLB pitcher Bill Krueger worked for years alongside studio host Adam in a studio analyst role. The RSN and the team have spoken with former players and plan to use just one all season or use several in a rotation.

A decision is expected within the next 10 days.

There are a handful of former NHL players who reside in the area.

Jamie Huscroft, who has played for New Jersey, Boston, Calgary, Tampa Bay, Washington, Vancouver and Phoenix and is now director of operations for Sno-King Ice Sports, based in Eastside. In addition, Turner Stevenson, who played for Montreal, New Jersey and Philadelphia, has coached elite junior hockey teams locally for years.

Former Washington Capitals goaltender Olaf Kolzig lives further afield in Kennewick, where he co-owns his former Tri-City Americans junior team.

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