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UMD to retire Resch's No. 1 jersey

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

The University of Minnesota Duluth will officially retire Glenn "Chico" Resch's No. 1 jersey during a first intermission ceremony at AMSOIL Arena on Oct. 30.

"We congratulate Chico on this prestigious and well-deserved honor," said UMD athletic director Josh Berlo. "Not only did he enjoy prosperous playing career both here and in the National Hockey League, but he's always been an outstanding ambassador for UMD and Bulldog hockey."

A three-year fixture in goal for the Bulldogs, Resch exited the program ranking among the top three in virtually every career and single-season statistical category for UMD goaltenders. He went on to spend 14 years in the NHL with the New York Islanders (1973-81), Colorado Rockies (1981-82), New Jersey Devils (1982-86) and Philadelphia Flyers (1986) before retiring in 1986 at the age of 37.

Resch received the NHL's Bill Masterton Award in 1981-82 for his perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey and was the runner-up in Vezina Trophy balloting on three occasions (1976, 1977, and 1979).

In all, Resch played in 571 NHL games, and posted 231 victories -- the 35th most in league history. He served as the lead analyst for the New Jersey Devils on FSN New York and MSG+ for 18 seasons beginning in 1996.

"The world for me changed during my time at UMD," said Resch, who now makes his home in Emily, Minn. "It was a launching point for me -- both personally and professionally. I met my wife (Diane) there and everything I was able to accomplish after that in hockey and in broadcasting I owe to those four years."

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