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Joe Micheletti
Born (1954-10-24) October 24, 1954 (age 67)
International Falls, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played for Calgary Cowboys
Edmonton Oilers
St. Louis Blues
Colorado Rockies
National team  United States
NHL Draft 123rd overall, 1974
Montreal Canadiens
WHA Draft 77th overall, 1974
Cincinnati Stingers
Playing career 1977–1982

Joseph Robert Micheletti (born October 24, 1954) is an American ice hockey analyst and reporter, and a former defenseman who played in 142 World Hockey Association (WHA) games with the Calgary Cowboys and Edmonton Oilers between 1977 and 1979, and 158 National Hockey League (NHL) games with the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Rockies between 1979 and 1982. He is the brother of former NHL player Pat Micheletti.

Career

Amateur career

Joe Micheletti was raised in Hibbing, Minnesota where he attended Hibbing High School.

He played college hockey under Herb Brooks at the University of Minnesota, where he was a member of the 1974 and 1976 national championship teams. He broke team records set by Lou Nanne in both assists and points in his senior year, and was also the most valuable player of the 1976 NCAA finals.

Professional career

Originally drafted 123rd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1974 NHL Entry Draft, Micheletti instead chose to start his professional career in the rival World Hockey Association with the Calgary Cowboys in 1977. He also made his international debut for the United States national team at the 1977 Ice Hockey World Championship tournament in Vienna.

As a professional, Micheletti played in 142 WHA games, mainly with the Edmonton Oilers, totalling 31 goals and 70 assists. He joined the NHL's St. Louis Blues for the 1979–80 season and later concluded his career with the Colorado Rockies. His NHL career totals were 11 goals, 60 assists for 71 points in 158 games. His playing career ended in the spring of 1982, where he was a member of the United States team at the 1982 Ice Hockey World Championship tournament in Helsinki.

Broadcasting career

Over the years, he has worked as an ice level reporter or color analyst for Fox, ESPN/ABC, and NBC broadcasts of the NHL. Micheletti worked the 1994 Winter Olympics with Jiggs McDonald for TNT and also worked the 1998 Winter Olympics for CBS. During his time with NBC, he covered hockey at the 2002, 2006, and 2010 Winter Olympics, paired with Kenny Albert and Pierre McGuire. In 2009, he became a color commentator for NHL on Versus.

On the local level, Micheletti first worked as a color commentator for the St. Louis Blues where he partnered with Dan Kelly or Ken Wilson on TV and radio. After spending three years behind the bench, he went to the Minnesota North Stars during the 1991–92 season, pairing with Dave Hodge on TV broadcasts for one season. He returned to the Blues, pairing up with Ken Wilson on TV permanently. In 1998, he joined the New York Islanders as color commentator, where he worked with Howie Rose. In 2006, he became the New York Rangers color commentator on MSG Network, partnered with Sam Rosen. He replaced long-time color commentator and former Ranger John Davidson, who had departed to take a position with the St. Louis Blues as Team President.

Coaching career

In 1987, he joined the St. Louis Blues as an assistant coach along with Barclay Plager under head coach Jacques Martin. One year later, Bob Berry joined him on that role under head coach Brian Sutter. He spent four years on that role.[1][2]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1970–71 Hibbing/Chisholm High School HS-MN
1971–72 Hibbing/Chisholm High School HS-MN
1972–73 Hibbing/Chisholm High School HS-MN
1973–74 University of Minnesota WCHA 21 2 5 7 10
1974–75 University of Minnesota WCHA 42 7 13 20 44
1975–76 University of Minnesota WCHA 33 7 24 31 46
1976–77 University of Minnesota WCHA 39 9 39 48 53
1976–77 Calgary Cowboys WHA 14 3 3 6 10
1977–78 Edmonton Oilers WHA 56 14 34 48 56 5 0 2 2 4
1978–79 Edmonton Oilers WHA 72 14 33 47 85 13 0 9 9 2
1979–80 St. Louis Blues NHL 54 2 16 18 29
1980–81 St. Louis Blues NHL 63 4 27 31 53 11 1 11 12 10
1981–82 St. Louis Blues NHL 20 3 11 14 28
1981–82 Colorado Rockies NHL 21 2 6 8 4
1981–82 Fort Worth Texans CHL 17 3 14 17 26
1982–83 WAT Stadlau AUT 31 18 46 64 77
WHA totals 142 31 70 101 151 18 0 11 11 6
NHL totals 158 11 60 71 114 11 1 11 12 10

International

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1977 United States WC 10 0 5 5 8
1982 United States WC 5 0 0 0 2
Senior totals 15 0 5 5 10

References

  1. ^ "Brian Sutter, a veteran leftwing for the St. Louis..." UPI. Retrieved 2021-07-13.
  2. ^ "Sports People; New Blues Coach". The New York Times. 1988-06-21. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-07-13.