Joe Micheletti was named MSG Network’s New York Rangers analyst in September of 2006 after spending eight years serving in the same capacity for the New York Islanders on MSG+. Micheletti is also an expert NHL analyst for NBC and Westwood One Radio.
Micheletti broke into broadcasting in 1985 as part of the St. Louis Blues radio team. He held that position with KMOX-AM radio for two years before he joined the Blues in 1987 as an assistant coach. After spending three years behind the bench, Joe returned to broadcasting in 1991 with KMSP-TV in Minnesota to serve as color commentator for the Minnesota North Stars. He then returned to St. Louis, this time as the television analyst for the Blues for KPLR-TV and Fox Sports Net Midwest.
As Micheletti’s broadcasting talents developed, so did the demand for his services. In 1994 he worked as an analyst for the Olympic Games on TNT and PRIME Sports, on ABC’s NHL “Game of the Week,” and on ESPN and ESPN2’s NHL coverage. A year later, when FOX obtained the rights to broadcast NHL games, he served as an analyst for its national coverage until 1999. In 1996 he also began hosting a radio talk show called “Talkin’ Hockey with Joe Micheletti” on KFNS-AM radio. In 1998 he again served as an analyst for the Olympic Games for CBS-TV, TNT and CBS Radio, and hosted the weekly hockey show “Face Off” for FOX Sports Net Midwest. During his time with NBC, he has covered hockey at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, paired mainly with fellow MSG Networks announcer Kenny Albert. Micheletti has covered 18 Stanley Cup Finals.
Micheletti was nominated in 1999 and most recently in 2016 for a New York Emmy Award in the category of “On-Camera Talent: Sports Analyst” for his work with the New York Rangers on MSG Network.
Micheletti grew up in Hibbing, MN, where he started playing hockey at the age of four on a backyard rink. A defenseman, he won a state high school hockey championship with Hibbing High School in 1973 and was a member of the 1974 and 1976 NCAA National Champion University of Minnesota Golden Gophers squad. In 1977 Micheletti was named captain of the team.
Micheletti was drafted in 1974 by both the Montreal Canadiens of the NHL and the Calgary Cowboys of the World Hockey Association. Micheletti spent one season with Calgary before the franchise folded. He then moved to Edmonton (a member of the WHA at the time) and was a teammate of up-and-coming star Wayne Gretzky on the Oilers. When the WHA teams were absorbed into the NHL in 1979, Micheletti went to St. Louis and played three years for the Blues, helping the team to a Smythe Division title in 1980-81.
In 1982 he played for the Colorado Rockies (now the New Jersey Devils) and then spent a season in Austria before retiring from hockey in 1983. Following retirement from hockey, Micheletti settled in St. Louis, where he took a job with E.F. Hutton as an investment broker. He moved on to become an associate VP at Dean Witter from 1990-92 and an associate VP at A.G. Edward & Sons, Inc., from 1992-1998.
Micheletti currently resides in Westchester, NY, with his wife Kathy, their children Adam and Allison.
The Garden of Dreams Foundation helps kids facing obstacles in the Tri-State area, including Rangers fan Taylor Ryan who is battling a rare blood disorder called Langerhans cell histiocytosis.