Glenn “Chico” Resch
Glenn “Chico” Resch is the lead television analyst for the New Jersey Devils on MSG Plus, a position he has held since 1996. Resch began his broadcasting career in 1988 as an analyst for the Minnesota North Stars on KXLT-TV in St. Cloud, MN.
In 2009 Resch earned his first New York Emmy nomination in the category of “On-Camera Talent: Sports Analyst,” recognizing his work on MSG Plus.
A former goaltender, Resch spent fourteen years playing in the NHL and an additional six seasons as a coach and scout. The native of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada began his NHL career in 1973 with the New York Islanders. He appeared in 571 games with the Islanders, Colorado Rockies, New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers. Resch compiled a career record of 231-224-82 along with 26 shutouts and a 3.27 goals-against average. His 231 victories place him 35th on the all-time list for goalies.
As a member of the Islanders, Resch played in 282 games allowing a club low 2.56 goals per game and was a member of the 1979-80 Stanley Cup Championship team. With the Isles he tallied 25 shutouts, the most in franchise history, en route to a 157-69-47 record. He was named to the NHL’s Second All-Star Team twice – in 1975-76 and 1978-79 – and was the recipient of the 1981-82 Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. In March of 1981 he was traded to the Colorado Rockies only to return to the tri-state area the following season when the franchise moved east and became the New Jersey Devils. Resch was immediately embraced by the Meadowlands crowd and enjoyed a successful career in the Garden State. In 1986 he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers and in 1987 he retired from professional hockey.
Resch served as goaltending coach for the Philadelphia Flyers during the 1987-88 season before embarking on a broadcasting career. In 1990 he returned to the coaching ranks, serving as goaltending coach and scout for the North Stars. The following year he became the general manager and coach of the Tri-City Americans of the WHL. From 1992-96 Resch worked in the Ottawa Senators organization as a goaltending coach and scout, which included time as a bench coach during the 1995-96 campaign. He went back to broadcasting permanently in 1996 when he joined MSG Networks.
Before embarking on his NHL career, Resch attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he played two seasons for the Bulldogs. He was given the nickname “Chico” by former Islanders teammate Doug Rombough, who chided Resch as he attempted to learn to speak Spanish during his first year with the team. The reference is to the television show “Chico and the Man.”
Resch has one daughter and resides in Emily, Minnesota with his wife Diane. He enjoys collecting antiques, sports and automobile memorabilia, and early American advertising.