Longtime sportscaster Steve Cangialosi, with MSG Network since 2000, has been promoted to New Jersey Devils play-by-play announcer on MSG Plus.
Cangialosi replaces iconic play-by-play man Mike “Doc” Emrick who retired during the offseason.
“It’s an honor to be given the opportunity to follow one of the great broadcasters of all time,” said Cangialosi. “Doc formed a very special bond with Devils’ players and fans for 21 seasons through his excellence in the booth and his wonderful approach to people. The Devils are a first-class organization, and I hope to represent the team and the great tradition of NHL hockey on MSG Networks as best as I can.”
Cangialosi joined the Devils beat on a regular basis in 2006 as host and reporter. In addition, he serves as play-by-play announcer for the New York Red Bulls on MSG Network.
Deb Placey, a 16-year veteran of MSG Network, slides into Cangialosi’s former role as Devils host and rinkside reporter. She spent the past decade covering the New York Islanders.
“The Devils are a young and exciting team, and I cannot wait to get started,” said Placey. “The team has a rich history and three Stanley Cups, and I’m honored to call ‘The Rock’ my new home.”
“Steve is an experienced play-by-play man and we are confident he will continue to do the same great work in this new role that he’s done for the past six years on MSG Plus,” said Dan Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager, MSG Networks. “Deb has been as integral part of our hockey coverage for over a decade and we know that success will carry over to the Devils’ telecasts.”
Cangialosi, a native New Yorker, got his broadcasting start at Sportsphone. Later, he gained a following as evening sports anchor at WINS.
MSG Networks opens its Devils telecast schedule with a preseason game on Friday, September 23 as New Jersey hosts the New York Rangers at 7:00 p.m. They open the regular season on October 8.