After 47 years and 3,750 games, Hall of Fame hockey broadcaster Mike “Doc” Emrick has announced his retirement.
For the past 15 years, Emrick has been the lead play-by-play announcer for NHL games on NBC Sports, during which time his voice became synonymous with major NHL moments and he became a household name in the hockey community.
Caps fans, in particular, will remember his call on Braden Holtby’s “The Save” during the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals.
His stats are just as impressive as those of the Hockey stars he followed: He called 22 Stanley Cup finals, 14 All-Star games and six Olympic games. Emrick was the first broadcaster to be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011, and he has won eight Sports Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Personality – Play-by-Play.
“It was 50 years ago this fall, with pen and pad in hand at old Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, I got my first chance to cover the National Hockey League,” said Emrick, reflecting on notable moments in his career. “Gordie Howe was a Red Wing, Bobby Hull was a Blackhawk, Bobby Orr was a Bruin. . . The biggest crowd ever, 105,000 at Michigan Stadium. A gold medal game that required overtime between the two North American powers in Vancouver.”
News of his retirement generated a flood of reactions, appreciation and remembrances on Twitter.
“In 1989 I walked into the office of Ed Anderson, then President of the Maine Mariners. He was about to offer me my first broadcasting job. Just before doing so he pointed to a picture of Doc & said, ‘do yourself a favor, be like him.’ Wonderful advice to honor the consummate pro,” Joe Beninati, Capitals play-by-play announcer on NBC Sports Washington, wrote on Twitter.