MSG+ will present a special telecast of New Jersey Devils hockey on Friday night as the team honors longtime analyst Glenn “Chico” Resch prior to the game against the Dallas Stars. Coverage will begin with “Visa Devils Game Night” at 6:30 p.m. and include live coverage of the on-ice pregame ceremony taking place for Resch.
Resch retired from the broadcast booth on April 13, 2014 after a 17 season career as a hockey analyst for MSG Networks. Resch joined the Network in 1996 and was paired with Devils play-by-play legend Mike “Doc” Emrick for 14 years. The final three seasons of his career, Resch called the games alongside play-by-play partner Steve Cangialosi.
Friday’s telecast on MSG+ will include live coverage of the special pregame ceremony hosted by Emrick. The telecast will also feature special vignettes throughout the night with Devils players and broadcast peers reflecting on their time with Resch, including Travis Zajac, Scott Clemmensen, Steve Cangialosi, Ken Daneyko, Deb Placey, John MacLean and Stan Fischler. The celebration will conclude when “Doc” and “Chico” reunite on-air and call the action one last time as tribute to their broadcast partnership.
A native of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, Resch began a 14-year National Hockey League career in 1973 with the New York Islanders. He appeared in 571 NHL games as a goaltender with the Islanders, Colorado Rockies, New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers. Resch compiled a career record of 231-224-82 along with 26 shutouts and a 3.27 goals-against average, and won the Stanley Cup as a member of the 1979-80 Islanders.
Resch played in 282 games with the Islanders, allowing a club-low 2.56 goals per game. He tallied 25 shutouts for the team, the most in franchise history, en route to a 157-69-47 record. He was named to the NHL’s Second All-Star Team twice – in 1975-76 and 1978-79 – and was the recipient of the 1981-82 Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
In March of 1981 Resch was traded to the Colorado Rockies only to return to the tri-state area the following season when the franchise moved east and became the New Jersey Devils. He was immediately embraced by the Meadowlands crowd and enjoyed a successful career in the Garden State. In 1986 he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers and in 1987 he retired from professional hockey.
Resch served as goaltending coach for the Philadelphia Flyers during the 1987-88 season before embarking on a broadcasting career with the Minnesota North Stars. In 1990 he returned to the coaching ranks, serving as goaltending coach and scout for the North Stars. The following year he became the general manager and coach of the Tri-City Americans of the WHL. From 1992-96 Resch worked in the Ottawa Senators organization as a goaltending coach and scout, which included time as a bench coach during the 1995-96 campaign. He returned to broadcasting permanently in 1996 when he joined MSG Networks.
Before embarking on his NHL career, Resch attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he played two seasons for the Bulldogs. He was given the nickname “Chico” by former Islanders teammate Doug Rombough, who chided Resch as he attempted to learn to speak Spanish during his first year with the team. The reference is to the television show “Chico and the Man.”