Sam Rosen, the television play-by-play voice of the New York Rangers, is a broadcasting legend in my eyes. Ever since I was a little kid watching the Rangers, Sam’s voice was always there and I could not wait for him to say his signature line, “It’s a power play goal.”
Unfortunately, the Rangers have done their best to prevent him from saying that with bad power play units, but at least they are getting better at it this year. This is Sam’s 30th year as the Rangers’ announcer and a pregame ceremony was the least the Rangers could give him, even though he is very modest and probably would not want the focus taken off of the game at hand.
The pregame ceremony last night for Sam, though short, was something special. His family was there along with ex-Ranger Mike Richter, current broadcasting partner Joe Micheletti and the biggest surprise — former broadcasting partner for so many years, John Davidson.
Davidson is now the current president of the Columbus Blue Jackets, so his presence was very interesting with all of the trade rumors surrounding Rangers captain Ryan Callahan and the possibility of him going to the Blue Jackets. Anyway, it was special to see the surprise on Sam’s face as he hugged JD and then looked upon the Madison Square Garden jumbotron to relieve some of his most famous calls with the Rangers.
Because Sam absolutely loves his job and is such a professional, he quickly ran up to the press box and announced the game after the ceremony. What a game it was too between two of the biggest rivals in hockey, the Rangers and the New York Islanders. The Rangers winning 4-1 capped off a perfect and exciting night for Sam and all Rangers fans, and I hope to hear his voice announcing Rangers games for many more years to come.
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