UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Southport's Placey having a Devil of a time at MSG-Plus

Friday, January 6, 2012

Southport's Placey having a Devil of a time at MSG-Plus

It's still dark on a chilly December morning when a Southport mother of two rolls out of bed. It's 6 a.m., and like millions of other mothers across the northern states, she's got to drive to a hockey rink for a morning practice. But this 45-year old hockey mom won't be carting a Mite to a rink in Bridgeport or a Pee Wee to practice in Shelton. She's not that kind of hockey mom. In fact, Deb Placey is unique.
The rink she's headed to is the 17,625-seat Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and the players she'll be watching carefully are not her own little angels but the NHL's New Jersey Devils. Placey is both the TV host and reporter for Devils broadcasts on MSG-Plus. Among the NHL's 30 local broadcast teams, she is the only woman to hold both jobs. The 16-year veteran of MSG Network is at all Devils games -- home and on the road -- hosting the pre- and post-game shows and intermission reports. It's a role Placey filled on New York Islanders broadcasts for a decade before switching to the Devils this season.
"With the Islanders we always had to feature the players because there was so much turnover," Placey said. "The Devils are much more established, with their history of championships.
"But I miss the Islanders, it was a great experience."
When not covering the Devils, Placey is the studio host for NHL Network's "NHL Live" and did reporting for the network leading up to Monday's outdoor Winter Classic in Philadelphia. Deb Placey-- or Deb Kaufman as she was known on-air before 2005 -- has been a recognizable face in New York sports for the better part of two decades. She's lived in Southport for the last 14 years with her two daughters -- 14-year-old Madeline and 10-year-old Caroline (neither plays hockey) -- and husband, Ed, a producer at ESPN.

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