Sam Rosen elated about induction into NY State Hockey Hall of Fame

Sam Rosen’s honors already include the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Foster Hewitt Award, four Sports Emmys and an upcoming 40th anniversary season as the Rangers’ play-by-play announcer.His upcoming induction to the New York State Hockey Hall of Fame, though, is another that will last even longer than a lifetime.“It’s a great honor because of the length of my career, being a New Yorker my entire life, it’s something that’s special,” Rosen told The Post ahead of the induction this weekend in Troy, N.Y.“And when you say Hall of Fame, it’s something to me that connotes forever.

There’s no greater honor than knowing that a legacy will be left after my career is over.My kids and my grandkids and their kids will be able to recognize the fact that I made a contribution to our sport and to our state.”Rosen will go into the state Hall of Fame alongside a class that includes a trio of Islanders legends — Denis Potvin, Ken Morrow and Ed Westfall — along with 1980 Team USA captain Mike Eruzione.“I’m just kind of a person that’s there, [I’m] fortunate that I’ve had the career that I’ve had and been around the greatest players in the world,” Rosen said.

“Those are the guys that to me deserve the honors.They come from all over the world, great stories and they’re great athletes and great people, and I’ve been fortunate enough to be around them for a long period of time.“Yes it’s a bit surreal when I think about it, but my entire career has been that way.

Being around, especially being a part of the New York Rangers and being able to do their games.Again, being able to watch and broadcast and meet the greatest players in the world.

Hall of Famers to the nth degree, we’ve had them as Rangers — whether it’s Mark Messier or Wayne Gretzky or Marcel Dionne, I don’t want to forget Brian Leetch.There’s so many that have come through the Rangers organization.”He joins a stable of broadcasters in the Hall that also includes longt...

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