MSG Names Peter Ruttgaizer as New Islanders Host

The National Hockey League begins its 2011-12 season next weekend. Today, MSG Network announced a new host/reporter for its New York Islanders broadcasts.

Peter Ruttgaizer makes his debut on MSG Plus when the Isles open their season Saturday, October 8  at the Nassau Coliseum against the Florida Panthers.

“Peter has a real passion for hockey and we are confident he will bring a terrific energy to our Islanders telecasts,” said Dan Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager, MSG Networks.

Ruttgaizer, a Toronto native, spent the past three seasons as a host and reporter for Altitude Sports Network in Denver, and was part of the network’s coverage of the Colorado Avalanche. Ruttgaizer has also worked for CBC Sports, EastLink Television, TSN in Winnepeg and CTV in Toronto covering professional and junior hockey as well as the CFL.

Ruttgaizer takes over for Deb Placey, who switches to hosting and reporting for the cable network’s New Jersey Devils telecasts.

“I’ve always respected and admired MSG Networks, and the Islanders are a hockey team with a great history, so I’m honored to have this opportunity,” said Ruttgaizer. “MSG Networks has two of the premiere sports and entertainment networks in the country and I’m excited to get started with Howie, Butch and the talented production staff.”

Islanders games on MSG Networks will be preceded by a half-hour pre-game show and followed by a 30-minute post-game or Hockey Night LiveHNL, which is telecast on both MSG Network and MSG Plus, will follow Saturday night games throughout the season.