JT Brown
JT Brown is officially calling it quits and retiring from hockey. BUT… he subsequentially landed the Seattle Kraken broadcasting job. (Chris O’Meara/Associated Press)

Former NHL Player JT Brown Retires, Joins Kraken As TV Analyst

The Seattle Kraken are adding talent… To their broadcast team. While the expansion draft hasn’t even happened yet, the Kraken are getting their ducks in a row on all fronts. JT Brown has officially hung up the skates and will join the Kraken as a TV analyst.

“It was a big decision to hang up my skates, but one that was made easier by the opportunity to work alongside [announcer] John Forslund for the Seattle Kraken,” Brown said.

“I am excited for the opportunity to continue my career within the hockey world and to join an organization that is dedicated to making forward progress within the sport, and I look forward to the ability to make a lasting impact on the game I’ve loved for over 25 years,” Brown said.

Brown, 30, played seven years in the NHL. From 2011-2019, Brown suited up for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks, and Minnesota Wild, playing a total of 365 games in the league. Most recently, Brown played for the IF Bjorkloven in the Swedish Hockey League.

This is a huge opportunity for a player that doesn’t carry a big name. To land a broadcasting job right after retirement with limited name power is a big win.

The Kraken are set to become the 32nd NHL franchise and CEO Tod Leiweke is happy to have Brown join their broadcasting team.

“We are excited to welcome JT Brown to the Seattle Kraken,” Kraken CEO Tod Leiweke said in a statement. “His experience as a player winning a National Championship with the University of Minnesota-Duluth and playing in the Stanley Cup Final for the Tampa Bay Lightning gives him unique insight into what it takes to compete night in and night out at the highest levels of hockey. Off the ice, JT’s values and dedication to the community reflect our own and we know he will be a great addition.”