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  John Hennessy
John  Hennessy

Hockey Play-by-Play

Alma Mater:
Providence '82

Former New Jersey Devils and Albany River Rats broadcaster John Hennessy returns to the booth for his fifth season as radio play-by-play voice of the University of Massachusetts hockey program in 2014-15. Hennessy joined the UMass Sports Network in 2009.

Hennessy spent six seasons in the NHL as the Devils radio play-by-play announcer, most notably calling the franchise's 2003 run to the Stanley Cup.

Hennessy, a 36-year radio veteran, partners with color commentator Brock Hines, who will enter his 22nd season as a member of the UMass hockey broadcast team.

Along with working with the Devils, Hennessy spent nine years with the American Hockey League's Albany River Rats. Additionally, he provided play-by-play for televised games of Rensselaer Hockey, served as host of the television show "NHL Fox Face-Off" and spent several years early in his career working with the Northeastern and Providence hockey programs.

A 1982 graduate of Providence College, Hennessy is no stranger to Hockey East. He spent his college years as a Friar calling play-by-play for WDOM Radio to begin his career. He also spent the 1989-90 season calling play-by-play for the Friars on WICE Radio. In 1990-91, he called the action for Northeastern while also working as a sports anchor, producer and sports talk show host for WKOX Radio in Framingham and WBZ Radio in Boston. During that time he also covered the New England Patriots and Boston College football.

In 1993, Hennessy moved to Albany for a seven-year stint as the play-by-play announcer for the River Rats. In that span, he hosted a radio call-in show, served as host of the "NHL Fox Face-Off" television show, and called play-by-play during the 1996 season of the Albany Firebirds Arena Football League franchise. Hennessy then moved on to the New Jersey Devils, calling play-by-play from 2000-06 on WABC and WFAN radio. While with the Devils, Hennessy called the 2003 Stanley Cup series victory over Anaheim and the 2001 seven-game Stanley Cup series loss to Colorado.

Following the 2006 season, Hennessy returned to the announcer's booth in Albany while also serving as the television play-by-play voice for RPI hockey television games.

He and his wife Adrienne currently reside in Harwichport, Mass.

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