NEWARK, N.J. -- Glenn "Chico" Resch announced Friday he is retiring as New Jersey Devils television analyst on MSG Networks after 18 seasons.
Resch, 65, acknowledged during the first intermission of the game against the New York Islanders that his sister-in-law being ill in Minnesota prompted his decision to be with his wife, Diane. His final telecast will be Sunday afternoon when the Devils host the Boston Bruins.
"I never thought of this as a profession because at the end of the day I'm talking about hockey, a sport that I love and have a tremendous amount of respect for," Resch said. "That's why I've always had a special relationship with the people watching on TV and cheering in the arena; I'm an extension of them. I've been lucky to do this for 18 years and I've enjoyed every handshake and conversation I've ever had with Devils fans."
He was paired with play-by-play man Mike "Doc" Emrick for 14 years and has worked with partner Steve Cangialosi for the past three seasons.
Resch spent 14 years playing in the NHL and six as a coach and scout. The native of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, began his NHL career with the New York Islanders in 1973. He appeared in 571 games with the Islanders, Colorado Rockies, Devils and Philadelphia Flyers.
Resch was 231-224-82 with 26 shutouts and a 3.27 goals-against average. His 231 wins rank 35th on the NHL all-time list, and he was a member of the Islanders' 1980 Stanley Cup-winning team.