Chuck Kaiton will not return to the radio broadcast booth for the Carolina Hurricanes.
Kaiton, a Hall of Fame broadcaster who was the only radio play-by-play voice in the history of the NHL franchise, was offered a one-year deal to stay, sources tell 99.9 FM The Fan. He turned it down.
Over the course of almost 40 years, since his debut with the Hartford Whalers in 1979, Kaiton didn’t miss a game behind the microphone. His was the voice fans heard when the Hurricanes arrived in North Carolina in 1997, and his was the voice on the call when the team won the Stanley Cup in 2006.
Kaiton told WRAL News that his future plans do not include retirement. He wants to continue broadcasting in the NHL.
“I certainly do not want to retire. I’m 66 going on 30 because the players keep you that way,” he said. “Nice and young.”