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from Rich Chere of NJ.com,
Would you consider doing something with the Devils if you were asked?
"Absolutely. I never realized how hard it was going to be being retired. My wife and I never realized how much we love New Jersey. The circumstances with her sister being so sick at that time dictated some of what happened. Unfortunately, my sister-in-law has passed, so situations have changed.
"New Jersey is my home basically and I feel connected to the Devils a lot. I definitely would consider something. If I could somehow actually help build the next era of Devils hockey — let's be honest, this is a rebuild and they have the right people in place to get it done — I'd be open to that. The Rangers have been better than us. The Islanders have been better. We really do need to build a grass roots level fan base. I have some good ideas on how we can do that.
"I also found players were restricted in their ability to go out and connect with advertisers or whomever. Those two things are how you build a base. One thing I respect about the Rangers, even though they have a good market established, they continue to try to build new fans at every level. That's a no-brainer. That's where the Devils have to start, to convince fans to bear with us. We're not going to be challenging for the Stanley Cup next year. I know that. Ray Shero has a great plan. He's a bright guy. Good people in place. I think there is an opportunity for someone, maybe not me, to help this franchise."
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils television color analyst Glenn “Chico” Resch announced during tonight’s telecast on MSG Plus that he will be retiring at the end of this season....
Resch, 65, spoke before tonight’s game about the reasons for him deciding to retire now.
“It’s 18 years and a couple of things,” Resch said.
One reason was so his wife, Diane, could be closer to her sister at home in Minnesota.
“And, then, you know, I guess I probably don’t want to overstay my welcome,” Resch said. “I do appreciate my legacy, but I also know there’s a whole younger generation. They didn’t know me. They can kind of identify when their dad tells them. I think a more current player – and the Devils certainly have won enough of those who have won championships – would probably be a little more pertinent to the broadcast. That was kind of what I was thinking. It would probably make the broadcast a little better. I think it would make it more current, more recent stories.”
added 8:42pm, NJ Devils press release is below...
from the Examiner,
Resch, who resides in Lyndhurst during the hockey season, signed copies of his new book, “Chico Resch’s Tales from the Devils Ice,” which he penned with Holmdel-native Michael Kerwick….
Donna Stralkus, a Devils fan from East Brunswick, said she is eager to read Resch’s book.
“I’m interested in the locker room stories and the stuff you don’t catch on the sports pages,” she said.
Kerwick said that the book is an inside look at the Devils team from the perspective of a former player who was with the team during its first four years in the Garden State.
“It’s a collection of stories from Chico’s time with the Devils to his times announcing Devils games, and all of the games in between,” he said.
If you are interested in the book, “Chico Resch’s Tales from the Devils Ice,” it is available at Amazon.