On Tuesday, MSG Network announced that 20-year vetaran broadcaster Joe Micheletti will be the new television analyst for the New York Rangers, working alongside play-by-play announcer, Sam Rosen.
"Joe Micheletti is a great talent, and will be a terrific partner for Sam Rosen," said Michael Bair, the president of MSG Media. "In addition to being the premiere NHL Network in the country, MSG, as well as FSN New York, have a history of great announce-teams. Together Joe and Sam will serve the Rangers faithful really well."
Prior to joining Rosen in the Rangers booth, Micheletti was the television analyst for New York Islanders games. He has worked on Fox Sports Net New York alongside play-by-play announcer Howie Rose since the 1998-99 NHL season.
Micheletti broke into broadcasting as part of the St. Louis Blues radio team in 1985. He held that position for two years at KMOX-AM Radio, prior to his return to the game in 1987 as an assistant coach with the Blues. After three seasons behind the bench, he returned to broadcasting to cover Minnesota North Stars games on KMSP-TV in 1991-92. He then returned to St. Louis where he joined the broadcast team at KPLR-TV and FOX Sports Net Midwest as an analyst for the Blues.
Micheletti has also worked as an analyst on TNT and PRIME Sports broadcasts of the 1994 Olympic hockey tournament, on ABC's NHL "Game of the Week," and on ESPN's and ESPN2's NHL coverage.
In 1995, when FOX obtained the rights to broadcast NHL games, Micheletti began serving as analyst for their national coverage, and in 1996, he began hosting a radio talk show called "Talkin' Hockey with Joe Micheletti" on KFNS-AM radio.
Micheletti reprised his Olympic role at the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japano. That year he also hosted the weekly hockey show "Face Off" for FOX Sports Net Midwest.
Prior to his broadcasting career, Micheletti enjoyed a long and distinguished playing career that included 158 regular-season games with the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Rockies.
Raised in Hibbing, Minn., Micheletti was a standout high school player at both Hibbing High School and the University of Minnesota, where he served as captain as a senior in 1976-77. Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1974, Michelletti entered the former World Hockey Association following his graduation from college and later joined the NHL with the Blues when the NHL and WHA merged in 1979.
Micheletti also played for Team USA in the 1977 and 1982 World Championships and won the 1976 NCAA championship playing under Hall of Fame coach Herb Brooks at the University of Minnesota.