Charlotte Checkers Front Office

Paul Branecky

Vice President of Communications

Paul Branecky
Branecky, who joined the Checkers as director of digital media in 2011, assumed the role of vice president of communications in June 2014. In his current role, he is responsible for the team's public relations, media relations, website and social media efforts. He continues to provide original Checkers content for all platforms while occasionaly appearing as a color commentator on game broadcasts.

Prior to joining the Checkers, Branecky spent six seasons with the parent Carolina Hurricanes. After joining the team as an intern for the 2005-06 Stanley Cup championship season, he went on to become the senior writer and digital media producer, where he was responsible for all aspects of the team's website. He also provided comprehensive daily coverage of the team on's "Tracking the Storm" blog, which he created in 2008.

A graduate of South Mecklenburg High School, Branecky lives in Charlotte with his wife and two sons.


Hometown Too many to list, but Charlotte is home.
College and major UNC Chapel-Hill / Journalism - Public Relations
Favorite sports team Tar Heels, Panthers, Blue Jays, Arsenal
Random fact about yourself A dual citizen with one parent from Edmonton and another from San Antonio. Lived in three different countries (US, Canada, China) before I turned 8.
Favorite dessert I'd rather just eat more dinner.
Best thing about your job No such thing as a routine - everyday is different and could turn out to be completely different than you expected.
Hobbies Hockey, running and parenting
One place you've always wanted to visit Iceland. I just made this up but sounds fun.
Last place you went on vacation Other than the beach, Montreal
Ranch or blue cheese? Blue cheese. I like ranch, but it's not close.
Favorite pizza topping Blue cheese? Or black olives.
Pets A dog, Staley. Got her in 2008 and has only slowed down a little since a puppy.
Favorite Checkers memory #CheckersComeHome
Previous Jobs Website producer and writer for the Carolina Hurricanes