Mike Emrick

American retired hockey commentator

Michael "Doc" Emrick (born August 1, 1946) is a sportscaster. He is best known for calling ice hockey games especially for the NHL. He is called The Voice of Ice Hockey.

Mike 'Doc' Emrick
Born (1946-08-01) August 1, 1946 (age 77)
OccupationSports commentator

Career change

Emrick has been a sportscaster professionally since 1973. He was hired by the Port Huron Flags. In 1977 he started to work for the Maine Mariners. Emrick then was the Devils first voice in New Jersey. He was there from the 1982–83 NHL season until 1986. In 1993, he returned to the team to replace Gary Thorne. He continued to be the team's voice until July 2011.[1] He announced the team's 1995 Stanley Cup victory.

Emrick became the lead play-by-play announcer for the NHL on Fox Game of the Week. He called regular-season games and Stanley Cup Finals from 1995 to 2000. He has called eight NHL All-Star Games. He called the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Emrick has worked on many Olympic Games. He has called both ice hockey and water polo.

He also called some National Football League and men's NCAA basketball tournament games. He called the National Lacrosse League All-Star Game and Championship Game.

Awards change

Emrick received the NHL's Lester Patrick Award in 2004. He was the first of three people to get the award for media work. He got the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award by the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008. Emrick was the first member of the media to be in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. This was on December 12, 2011.[2]

In 2011, Emrick won the Emmy Award for "Outstanding Sports Personality - Play by Play."

References change

  1. "Emrick joins NBC/Versus exclusively". July 21, 2011.
  2. Mike G. Morreale (Dec 12, 2011). "Dean of American hockey announcers enters U.S. Hall". NHL.com. Retrieved Feb 24, 2012.