Joe Micheletti

Joseph Robert Micheletti (born October 24, 1954 in International Falls, Minnesota) is an American ice hockey analyst and reporter. He is also a retired National Hockey League (NHL) and World Hockey Association (WHA) defenseman who played in 142 WHA games with the Calgary Cowboys and Edmonton Oilers between 1977 and 1979, and 158 NHL games with the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Rockies between 1979 and 1982. He is the brother of former NHL player Pat Micheletti.

Joe Micheletti
Born October 24, 1954 (age 64)
International Falls, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defense/Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for WHA
Calgary Cowboys
Edmonton Oilers
St. Louis Blues
Colorado Rockies
National team  United States
NHL Draft 123rd overall, 1974
Montreal Canadiens
WHA Draft 77th overall, 1974
Cincinnati Stingers
Playing career 1977–1982


Amateur career

Joe Micheletti was raised in Hibbing, Minnesota where he attended Hibbing High School. He played college hockey under Herb Brooks at the University of Minnesota, where he was a member of the 1974 and 1976 national championship teams. He broke team records set by Lou Nanne in both assists and points in his senior year, and was also the most valuable player of the 1976 NCAA finals.

Professional career

Originally drafted 123rd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1974 NHL Entry Draft, Micheletti instead chose to start his professional career in the rival World Hockey Association with the Calgary Cowboys in 1977. He also made his international debut for the United States national team at the 1977 Ice Hockey World Championship tournament in Vienna.

As a professional, Micheletti played in 142 WHA games, mainly with the Edmonton Oilers, totalling 31 goals and 70 assists. He joined the NHL's St. Louis Blues for the 1979–80 season and later concluded his career with the Colorado Rockies. His NHL career totals were 11 goals, 60 assists for 71 points in 158 games. His playing career ended in the spring of 1982, where he was a member of the United States team at the 1982 Ice Hockey World Championship tournament in Helsinki.

Broadcasting career

Over the years, he has worked as an ice level reporter or color analyst for FOX, ABC/ESPN, and NBC broadcasts of the NHL. Micheletti worked the 1994 Winter Olympics with Jiggs McDonald for TNT and also worked the 1998 Winter Olympics for CBS. During his time with NBC, he covered hockey at the 2002, 2006, and 2010 Winter Olympics, paired with Kenny Albert and Pierre McGuire. In 2009, he became an analyst for NHL on Versus. Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti, and Pierre McGuire will call the 2019 Western Conference Final between San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues

On the local level, Micheletti first worked as a color analyst for the Minnesota North Stars during the 1991-92 season, partnering with Dave Hodge on television broadcasts for that one season. He later moved on to the St. Louis Blues where he partnered with Dan Kelly on radio and later with Ken Wilson on television, followed by a lengthy stint with the New York Islanders, where he worked with Howie Rose. In 2006, Micheletti became the New York Rangers color analyst on MSG Network, partnered with Sam Rosen. He replaced long-time analyst and former Ranger John Davidson, who had departed to take a position with the St. Louis Blues as Team President.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1970–71 Hibbing/Chisholm High School HS-MN
1971–72 Hibbing/Chisholm High School HS-MN
1972–73 Hibbing/Chisholm High School HS-MN
1973–74 University of Minnesota WCHA 21 2 5 7 10
1974–75 University of Minnesota WCHA 42 7 13 20 44
1975–76 University of Minnesota WCHA 33 7 24 31 46
1976–77 University of Minnesota WCHA 39 9 39 48 53
1976–77 Calgary Cowboys WHA 14 3 3 6 10
1977–78 Edmonton Oilers WHA 56 14 34 48 56 5 0 2 2 4
1978–79 Edmonton Oilers WHA 72 14 33 47 85 13 0 9 9 2
1979–80 St. Louis Blues NHL 54 2 16 18 29
1980–81 St. Louis Blues NHL 63 4 27 31 53 11 1 11 12 10
1981–82 St. Louis Blues NHL 20 3 11 14 28
1981–82 Colorado Rockies NHL 21 2 6 8 4
1981–82 Fort Worth Texans CHL 17 3 14 17 26
1982–83 WAT Stadlau AUT 31 18 46 64 77
WHA totals 142 31 70 101 151 18 0 11 11 6
NHL totals 158 11 60 71 114 11 1 11 12 10


Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1977 United States WC 10 0 5 5 8
1982 United States WC 5 0 0 0 2
Senior totals 15 0 5 5 10

External links

1973–74 Minnesota Golden Gophers men's ice hockey season

The 1973–74 Minnesota Golden Gophers men's ice hockey team represented the University of Minnesota in college ice hockey. In its 2nd year under head coach Herb Brooks the team compiled a 22–11–6 record and reached the NCAA tournament for the fifth time. The Golden Gophers defeated Michigan Tech 4–2 in the championship game at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts to win their first national championship.

1975 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

The 1975 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament was the culmination of the 1974–75 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season, the 28th such tournament in NCAA history. It was held between March 13 and 15, 1975, and concluded with Michigan Tech defeating Minnesota 6-1. All games were played at the St. Louis Arena in St. Louis, Missouri.

This is the first time since 1949 that all four teams in the tournament had played in the previous championship. It has not happened since (as of 2017).

1978–79 Edmonton Oilers season

The 1978–79 Edmonton Oilers season was the Oilers' seventh season of operation. The Oilers placed first and made it to the Avco Cup Final, losing to the Winnipeg Jets.

Billy Jaffe

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List of Fox Sports announcers

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List of NHL All-Star Game broadcasters

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NHL Radio

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NHL on Fox

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NHL on NBC commentators

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Beginning in 2008, the studio show originates from the game venue.

NHL on Versus commentator pairings

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Pat Micheletti

Patrick John Micheletti (born December 11, 1963 in Hibbing, Minnesota) is a former American ice hockey center who appeared in a total of 12 National Hockey League regular season games with the Minnesota North Stars in 1987-88 but spent most of his career in the minor leagues. The North Stars selected Micheletti with the 185th overall pick in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. He also played for the Minnesota Golden Gophers men's ice hockey team. One of nine children, Pat Micheletti's brother Joe Micheletti also played in the NHL.

Sam Rosen (sportscaster)

Sam Rosen (born Samuel Rosenblum, August 12, 1947) is an American sportscaster and Hockey Hall of Famer, best known as the primary play-by-play announcer for the National Hockey League's New York Rangers games on MSG. On June 8, 2008, Rosen was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. On November 14, 2016, Rosen was enshrined as the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award winner for outstanding contributions as a broadcaster by the Hockey Hall of Fame.Rosen's current responsibilities include Rangers telecasts and Sunday NFL games for Fox. He is paired with Joe Micheletti on Rangers broadcasts, and Cris Carter, among others, on national Fox broadcasts.

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