Sam Rosen, the recipient of the 2016 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame, has been the play-by-play announcer for the New York Rangers on MSG Network since 1984. On June 14, 1994 his exclamation of “This one will last a lifetime!” joined the pantheon of famous play-by-play calls and will be celebrated forever by the nearly two million Rangers fans that tuned in that evening to watch the Rangers clinch the Stanley Cup for the first time in 54 years.
Rosen is also known for his trademark catchphrase “It’s a power play goal!”
One of the most knowledgeable and thorough play-by-play personalities in hockey, Rosen has called games alongside some of the sport’s greatest analysts. He worked with Hall-of-Famer Phil Esposito during his first full-time season in the booth and then joined former Rangers goaltender John “J.D.” Davidson at the start of the 1986-87 season, forming a duo that would stay together for 20 years. He now shares the booth with Joe Micheletti, who joined him at the beginning of the 2006-07 season.
In addition to his duties with MSG, Rosen works as a play-by-play announcer for Fox’s coverage of the NFL, a position he’s held since 1997. Since 1996 he has also called the Stanley Cup Finals, the Eastern Conference Finals and the NHL All-Star Game on the NHL Radio Network.
Rosen began his sportscasting career in 1970 as a statistician for the Knicks Radio Network and as a newsman for WNAB-AM in Bridgeport, CT. In 1971 he moved to WICC-AM (Bridgeport), where he spent two years as a newsman while serving as weekend sportscaster for New Haven’s Channel 8 (WTNH).
In September of 1973 he joined UPI Radio Network, where he worked until December 1980. Rosen was one of the first voices of ESPN, where he called play-by-play for a variety of sports, including hockey, boxing, table tennis, Australian Rules Football, college wrestling and college baseball from 1977 to 1988. He also called Jets and Giants preseason football for WPIX-TV and Cosmos soccer for WNEW-AM.
Rosen’s tenure with MSG started on a freelance basis in 1977 before he was hired full-time in September of 1982. He began his hockey work as the studio host for Rangers’ telecasts and as part-time play-by-play announcer on MSG Radio. The native of Ulm, Germany, who moved to Brooklyn, NY when he was two, has served as host for “The Mike Keenan Show,” “The Herb Brooks Show,” “Giants Journal” and Knicks basketball. Until 1993 Rosen called boxing on MSG Network and won the Sam Taub award for “Excellence in Boxing Broadcast Journalism” in 1989.
Rosen has helped lead the MSG Networks production team to several major and important awards, including the prestigious CableACE award for “Outstanding Live Event Coverage” in 1994. This award made MSG Networks the first regional cable network to ever capture the honor.
Rosen has been recognized with New York Emmy Award nominations in the category of “On-Camera Achievement: Sports” in 1993, 1994 and 2002. He was also a nominee for “On Camera Talent: Sports Play-by-Play” in 1999, 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2011.
Rosen lives in New City, NY with his wife Jill. He has two sons, Garett and Matthew, as well as two grandsons, Brendan and Michael.
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.