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Doc’s Dream: Doc Emrick reflects on month without hockey

NHL on NBC play-by-play announcer Doc Emrick reflects on one month since the last NHL game, praising the work of doctors and first responders and looking forward to the "joyful day" where hockey and sports resume.

It has now been more than one month since the most recent NHL game was played as the league -- and North American sports as a whole -- remains shut down due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This past week NBC sports play-by-play announcer Doc Emrick reflected on that month without hockey, talking about what we have missed, the struggles, the uncertainty, and what it might look like when sports are eventually allowed to return.

Along those reflections on the sport, he also shared his praise for all of the heroes -- including the doctors, nurses, and first responders -- that are fighting on the front lines and working to get us through these uncertain times.

You can listen to Doc’s message in the video above.

Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.