Joe Beninati, a hockey broadcasting veteran, is the TV play-by-play voice of the Washington Capitals on Comcast Sportsnet (CSN).
In addition to his hockey duties in the nation’s capital, he spent six seasons (2005 to 2011) describing the action for the NHL’s national cable television package on Versus (VS.). Joe has also freelanced with ESPN, NHL Radio, and WFAN-New York broadcasts during the regular season, Stanley Cup Playoffs, and World Cup of Hockey. In 2002 and 2006 he provided radio play-by-play for Westwood One coverage of the Olympic men’s hockey tournament in Salt Lake City and Torino. He has called select men’s college hockey games on College Sports Television (CSTV), now CBS Sports Network.
Joe graduated to the NHL in 1994 after five seasons of Radio/TV play-by-play in the American Hockey League holding jobs in Portland, Maine and Providence, Rhode Island. Prior to joining the professional ranks he was sports information director for two years at his alma mater Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.
On the football gridiron, Joe calls select college games on the Big Ten Network. His prior football credits include ESPN, Maryland, Navy, CAA, and select FCS games on CSN and CN-8.
A six-time Capital Region Emmy Award winner for excellence in play-by-play, Joe has delivered numerous ACC and CAA college events for Comcast Sportsnet, covering seven different sports. In past years, he has filled-in as a TV play-by-play man for Baltimore Orioles baseball on CSN.
Beninati is recognized as one of the leading announcers in the sport of lacrosse. He calls collegiate regular season and NCAA Tournament action on ESPN and ESPNU, as well as calling pro-level games for the network. In 2014, Joe called the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships on ESPNU.
His resume includes two seasons of radio play-by-play with the Washington Mystics of the WNBA and fill-in radio work with the Washington Wizards in the NBA.
A 1987 graduate of Bowdoin, Joe has a bachelor’s degree in biology. He is single and resides in Vienna, VA.