In 2011 Queens, New York native Steve Cangialosi had the tall task of taking over play-by-play duties from Hall of Famer broadcaster Mike Doc Emrick, who had become the sound of not only three New Jersey Devils Stanley Cup Championship winning teams, but was arguably the countries go-to play-by-player for hockey.
One could argue that Emrick is to hockey what Al Michaels is to the NFL.
That was no easy task filling those shoes, but for 11 seasons Cangialosi did just that. His energy, enthusiasm and passion for the Devils and hockey was infectious, and his voice alongside Devils legend Ken Danekyo was a staple of New Jersey winters.
On Tuesday, Cangialosi stepped aside as lead play-by-play announcer of the Devils. He will remain the play-by-play voice of New Jersey Red Bulls soccer, which is also televised on MSG.
“The New Jersey Devils are a first class organization, and it was a privilege to serve as the voice of the club for 11 seasons, and to be affiliated with Devils’ hockey on MSG Networks for 16 years,” Cangialosi said in a statement. “Memories and friendships I’ve made with our terrific MSG Devils’ crew, and of course, the fans, will last even longer and for that I am grateful.”
I’m in the process of a much better goodbye than this: but the outpouring of well wishes from everyone tonight has been overwhelming and means so much. Thanks everyone.— Steve Cangialosi (@CangyManMSG) May 17, 2022