Chico Resch to Serve as Radio Color Analyst and Team Ambassador

In a press release on the Devils’ website today, they announced that former team goaltender and TV analyst, Glenn “Chico” Resch, will be returning as the team’s radio color analyst alongside play-by-play man Matt Loughlin. He will also serve as a “team ambassador” the duties of which will include “participating at community relations and corporate events, youth hockey clinics, and in grassroots inititives on behalf of the Devils” according to the press statement.

Chico, who played for the Colorado Rockies/New Jersey Devils organization for six years after being traded to Denver from the Islanders in 1980, worked MSG Network game broadcasts for 18 years alongside Mike “Doc” Emrick and Steve Cangialosi. He retired back in 2014 to move home to Minnesota due to his wife’s sister dealing with an illness.

“We’re thrilled to have Chico back in the organization as a member of our broadcast team and in an important role as team ambassador” said Ray Shero in the release. Shero went on to mention the incredible bond Chico has with the fans of the Devils.

For Chico’s part, he is excited to be back, stating “I have an incredible passion for the New Jersey Devils and the game of hockey, and it’s exciting to be a part of this organization as it builds around such promising young players. I know firsthand how dedicated the Devils fanbase is and I’m looking forward to engaging with them through my work as a broadcaster and team ambassador.”

Chico, of course, replaces Sherry Ross, who was let go earlier this spring. While it is disappointing in the way the Devils treated Ross, it is good to have someone like Chico come in to soften the blow. It would be great to also hear that Sherry Ross has caught on with another team as well, since she deserves as much.

Chico will be doing his thing on WFAN, for the 13th year the Devils’ flagship radio station. The press release mentions that games can also be heard on The One Jersey Network through This will allow Devils fans to follow the Devils on the road even during the fall season when college football, Yankees playoff games or Giants football might be heard on the WFAN radio dial.

This is good news for Devils fans, especially those who grew up listening to Doc and Chico on TV. Although Ken Daneyko is the one and only “Mr. Devil,” Chico has to rank as a close second. As was stated in the press release, Chico has a very good relationship with the fans and has been with the team through almost everything. From the early days to the Stanley Cup years of 2000 and 2003, Chico was there – he joined the broadcast team the year after the 1995 Cup, missing the trifecta by one year. It is only fitting that as the team embarks on another climb to the top, Chico is there with them.

Devils and Prudential Center to Launch One Jersey Sports and Entertainment Network

The Devils are set to embark on a creative new venture. The team today announced the creation of The One Jersey Sports and Entertainment Network.

The One Jersey Network will be “a first-of-its-kind digital platform featuring all live regular season Devils hockey games and original Devils and New Jersey entertainment programming” according to the press release on the Devils’ website.

The One Jersey Network will be accessed through the Devils App and iHeartRadio (this is also a venture with iHeartMedia, iHeartRadio’s corporate parent). According to the press release, iHeartRadio is an “all-in-one digital music and live streaming radio service, available across 90 unique device platforms spanning in-home entertainment, wearables, gaming, mobile and auto.”

The Network will simulcast all Devils games beginning November 6 versus the Carolina Hurricanes with radio partner WFAN. However, a few games will be exclusive to The One Jersey Network. These are rivalry games with the Rangers (December 11 and 18), the Flyers (December 22, January 21, March 16 and April 4) and the Islanders (April 8).

The press release talks about the kind of programming that will be available on the Network in addition to the simulcast Devils games: “exclusive live and on-demand content form the Devils and Prudential Center featuring Devils coaches, players, alumni and fans; Devils, sports, entertainment, community and cultural podcasts; and diverse, world-class New Jersey-focused entertainment content from The Rock… The network will showcase prominent New Jersey personalities, journalists and up-and-coming talent from around the Garden State.”

The Devils and Prudential Center will be working with iHeartMedia New York in this venture. They are targeting New Jersey listeners for more than just the Devils too. The platform wants to be an all-encompassing media outlet for New Jersey. As Hugh Weber, President of the Devils and the Prudential Center said, “we believe The One Jersey Network will be a must-listen-to provider for New Jersey consumers.”

For anyone who has listened to a Devils game on WFAN and their ten minute pregame show and lackluster coverage of the team (the Devils in particular and hockey in general are rarely mentioned on other programming on WFAN and Devils games are frequently bumped for coverage of other teams), this is great news. The Devils have never gotten the best of coverage in the New York-based media and have struggled for market share because of it. Making their own outlet will allow the Devils the media coverage that fans have always wanted.

Plus, should WFAN drop the Devils at any time, the Devils have a fall back place to have their news and games reported on. This is basically a radio version of the Yankees’ YES Network or the Mets’ SNY, a team owned platform that allows them the freedom to control their own content, aside from the games themselves, which for now will still be produce by WFAN (as I understand it).