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 Everywhere and nowhere. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, and moved around a lot as a kid, but have lived a few different places in North Carolina since 1997. So, might as well say North Carolina.
College and major University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Journalism – Public Relations with a minor in German, for some reason.
As a kid, you dreamed of becoming: A lawyer. This changed well before I got to college.
Name one thing on your bucket list Not worried about this just yet, but then again, I don't spend a whole lot of time worrying about things I don't have to worry about.
If you were an animal, what would you be? Dog. Not glamorous, but who has it better?
First CD/tape Collective Soul (self-titled album). Bought it for "December" but "The World I Know" was also a staple at awkward sixth-grade dances.
Favorite food Perogies. I like pizza and burgers as much as the next guy, but perogies get novelty points.
Favorite movie Braveheart used to be my go-to on this, but cable re-runs might have beaten it to death (spoiler alert).
Favorite pro/college sports team UNC Tar Heels, Carolina Panthers, Toronto Blue Jays, Arsenal
Favorite type of music Alt rock
Favorite band Red Hot Chili Peppers
Favorite book Kurt Vonnegut (yeah, I know that's an author)
Fun fact A dual citizen with one parent from Canada, another from Texas, and a grandparent from Australia (what's up, identity crisis?). Lived in China for a few years as a kid, distant relative of Hans Christian Andersen (author of The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid, etc.). Have a Stanley Cup ring (a watered-down version I had to pay for, but still).