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Sam Rosen (born August 12, 1947 in Ulm, Germany)[1] is an American sportscaster, 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.

Rosen's current responsibilities include Rangers telecasts, Chicago Bears preseason football for WFLD, and Sunday NFL games for Fox. He is paired with Joe Micheletti on Rangers broadcasts, Erik Kramer on Bears broadcasts, and Heath Evans on national Fox broadcasts.

Broadcasting career

New York Rangers

From 1982–84, he was the studio host on Ranger broadcasts, but was promoted to play-by-play in 1984, succeeding Jim Gordon, who had been the Rangers' TV voice since 1973. Rosen's first partner was ex-Bruin and Ranger star Phil Esposito. Starting in 1986–87, when Esposito left to become Rangers General Manager, Rosen was paired with former Rangers goaltender John Davidson (nicknamed J.D.). The team would last 20 years together until Davidson left for a management position with the St. Louis Blues and later with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Together, Sam and J.D. would be the longest-serving NHL broadcast team.[2]

Beginning with the 2006–07 NHL season, Sam partnered with Joe Micheletti, who was New York Islanders TV color analyst with former Rangers radio announcer Howie Rose on Fox Sports Net New York.

Rosen's most famous call comes every time the Rangers score a goal on the powerplay. The call is simply, "It's a power play goal," but Sam Rosen uses a unique inflection which has been widely popular among Rangers fans and a staple of any Rangers broadcast.

Other broadcasting areas

Prior to taking the Rangers play-by-play job in 1984, Rosen also served as a studio host for New York Knicks basketball telecasts on MSG.

Rosen was employed by ESPN from 1979–1988, calling a variety of sports for the network including hockey, college football, boxing, table tennis, Australian rules football, college baseball, and, collegiate wrestling.

He handled play-by-play for NHL Radio, a partnership between the NHL and Westwood One. He has called the Stanley Cup playoffs on radio for many years, as well as the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympic Men's Hockey Tournaments.

Rosen has also been a play-by-play announcer for The NFL on Fox since 1996. Sam also calls preseason NFL games for the Chicago Bears and previously did this for the New York Giants for several seasons.

Rosen was also the lead boxing announcer for the MSG Network until 1993. In 1989, he won the Sam Taub Award for excellence in boxing broadcasting journalism.[3]

Rosen has most recently joined the NHL crew at Versus (now the NBC Sports Network) calling games in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the past two years. He was the play-by-play announcer for the Stanley Cup Finals on NHL Radio from 1996 to 2008.

Rosen was also a radio play-by-play announcer for the New York Cosmos. His call "It's a Cosmos Goal" pre dated and could be considered as the basis for his trademark power play call.


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