Hall of Fame hockey broadcaster Mike Emrick announced his retirement Monday after almost 50 years behind the microphone.
The man passionately referred to as "Doc" for his doctorate in communications invested the previous 15 years as the voice of the NHL in the United States. Emrick, 74, called 22 Stanley Cup finals and 6 Olympics because working his way up from the minors in the 1970s and did the most current NHL playoffs from another location from his home in Michigan with his wife, Joyce, and pets close by.
"Things alter over 50 years, however much of what I love is the same from then to now and into the years ahead," Emrick stated in a video essay about his profession. "I still get chills seeing the Stanley Cup. I specifically like when the horn sounds, and one team has actually won and another group hasn't, all hostility can liquify into the classic excellent screen of sportsmanship-- the handshake line. ...
"I leave you with genuine thanks."
Emrick was honoured by the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008 on the way to being a part of an approximated 3,750 expert games.
During the 2019 final, Emrick said he desired to do this job from the very first time he saw a hockey game. He got his first taste of it in Pittsburgh throughout the 1970-71 season as a freelance reporter for the Beaver County Times, earned a Ph.D. in broadcast interactions from Bowling Green a few years later and advanced through the minors prior to reaching the NHL.
Emrick has actually spent the past four years as a beloved part of the hockey community-- a rapid-fire storyteller understood to the general public for his countless verbs to explain the puck moving a rink and to buddies and coworkers for his warmth and individual attention to the sport and individuals in it.
"When you have a job like that, you're never ever working the rest of your life," Emrick stated in 2015, stopping briefly to explain why he takes time to speak to anyone who approaches him for a conversation, photo or autograph. "I always do due to the fact that I'll miss it when it doesn't take place."
Emrick worked the previous 15 years as NBC Sports' lead play-by-play voice. Executive producer Sam Flood called him "a nationwide treasure."
"It has been a privilege and education on hockey's most significant phase to have actually sat next to Doc for the last 14 years," NBC colour expert Ed Olczyk stated. "I will miss his stories, his preparation, his play-by-play, his friendship, and our dinners on the roadway."