The newest NFL team is already making history without even playing their first game under their belt.
The Seattle Kraken, on Friday, made Everett Fitzhugh the first Black team broadcaster in the NHL.
The Kraken also named two more hires, including Lamont Buford, who is Black, as vice president of gameday presentation. The hirings come at a time when diversity is beginning to be discussed and slowly addressed in hockey. The Seattle expansion team has made the issue a priority as it builds its front office staff before play in 2021-22.
Fitzhugh is the only Black play-by-play announcer at any professional level of North American hockey. He comes to the Kraken after doing radio play-by-play for the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones, the Buffalo Sabres affiliate, for the past five years.
Fitzhugh was also the Cyclones’ director of media relations and was a member of the crew for the 2018 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic on NHL Network. And in 2018, he was invited to do play-by-play for a Washington Capitals preseason game against the Boston Bruins.
He grew up a Detroit Red Wings fan and began broadcasting while attending Bowling Green State University. He worked for the USHL for a short time before joining the Cyclones.