By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Legendary hockey announcer Mike “Doc” Emrick has announced his retirement. The 74-year-old will focus on other priorities for the rest of his life.
“I hope I can handle retirement OK, especially since I’ve never done it before,” Emrick told the New York Post. “But I’ve just been extremely lucky for 50 years. And NBC has been so good to me, especially since the pandemic, when I was allowed to work from home in a studio NBC created.
“Now, into my golden years, this just seemed to be the time that was right.”
Emrick has called the New Jersey Devils games for the last 21 games. In addition, he has served as the voice of the NHL games on NBC and NHL on NBC Sports for the past 15 years.
His résumé features 22 Stanley Cup Finals as a broadcaster. He has also won eight Sports Emmy Awards for his play-by-play calls, including seven straight from 2014 through 2020.
Emrick has previously worked for ESPN, ABC, FOX, CBS, and six Olympic Winter Games.
He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008. He was award the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his outstanding contributions to hockey broadcasting.
In addition, he became the first broadcaster to be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.
“As time passed, I became more comfortable with myself and the fact that I was flawed and there was no way I was ever going to do a perfect game and probably the mistake was to try to do it that way,” Emrick said. “I just enjoyed the fact that I was given a free seat, a good seat, and I got to work with some of the best athletes in the world and then twice a month I got something in the mail, and it was really good.”
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