After over 3750 pro and Olympic hockey games called, including 22 Stanley Cup Finals; legendary Michael “Doc” Emrick is bidding the hockey world farewell. In addition to hockey, in 1992 and 1993, Emrick called a total of seven NFL games; including Brett Favre’s first start in ’92. Doc Emrick started his sports broadcasting career in 1973. He was hired by the Port Huron Flags to do radio play-by-play. In 1977, he would be hired to do the same for the AHL’s Maine Mariners where he had a three-year run with them including two Calder Cup calls in ’78 and ’79. In 1982, Emrick became the voice of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils until 1986. He then went on to serve in multiple roles with the Philadelphia Flyers franchise until the 1992-’93 season. In 1993, he returned to New Jersey where he would finally find a place to settle into until July 2011. At the end of the 2011 campaign, Doc announced he would be working exclusively for NBC Sports where he would remain until October 19, 2020; when he announced his official retirement from broadcasting.
What HE Will Remember Most
…visors were optional and then required of new players… we went from one referee to two… goal judges once sat in chairs behind the net, now video replay helps make those calls… but much of what I love, is unchanged from then to now…”Doc Emrick
Doc truly had a passion for what he did, went to work every single day with the same goal in mind – to provide fans watching at home with the best experience possible through his gifted play-by-play talent.
What WE Will Remember Most
With thousands of game calls under his belt, here are some of the best calls of his illustrious career.
Life With EA
In May 2014, video game giant, EA Sports, announced the Doc would provide play-by-play commentary for NHL 15 alongside Eddie Olczyk and Ray Ferraro. The three worked together up to the most recent edition of NHL 20, where he was replaced with James Cybulski.