'Voice of the NHL' Mike 'Doc' Emrick Is Retiring at Age 74 — Inside His Life and Career
In a recent video on social media, NHL announced that famous American television sportscaster and commentator Michael "Doc" Emrick has retired at 74. He was popularly known for his role as the lead announcer for NHL national telecasts.
The 5-minute clip detailed Emrick's career, from the moment he first began the job and as the years went by. While voicing over, he revealed that he started his career fifty years ago at the Old Civic Arena in Pittsburgh.
He spoke about every significant match and how the leagues expanded as the years progressed. Emrick also touched on the highs and the lows the world of hockey encountered along the way.
The star also spoke about his experience at the Olympics and gave a detailed description of how the hockey rules and requirements changed over the years. In very touching seconds, he described the moments he loved in every game.
From the arguments between coaches to fans sharing warm embraces and team victories, Emrick expressed his love for such times. He most especially spoke about his love for the handshakes shared between two teams despite their previous battle for the win.
The video ended on a heartwarming note when Emrick revealed that he would be spending the rest of his years with his wife, Joyce, and his pups. He then implored the viewers to stay safe and continue to watch for the start of hockey's next season.
Over the course of his career, Emrick bagged five Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-By-Play.
After 3,750+ Professional and Olympic hockey games, 100 different verbs used to describe a pass or shot, and 22 Stanley Cup Finals, the legendary Mike "Doc" Emrick has announced his retirement from broadcasting.— NHL on NBC Sports (@NHLonNBCSports) October 19, 2020
From hockey fans around the world, we say #ThankYouDoc! pic.twitter.com/Pt27Dp63TW
On Sunday, the star revealed that he hoped he could handle retirement, especially since he had never done it before. He then added that he had been extremely lucky for 50 years.
He also divulged that NBC had been so good to him, especially since the pandemic, when he was allowed to work from home in a studio NBC created. He explained that his choice to retire seemed to be the right time.
Doc is the best.. not sure if I ever saw him have a bad day. Always smiling, always accommodating. Welcomed me into the broadcasting world first time we met and never changed. Doc will be missed but never forgotten... enjoy the next chapter Doc!!!— Troy Murray (@muzz19) October 19, 2020
The 74-year-old joined NBC Sports full-time in 2011, after serving as the commentator for the New Jersey Devils for the previous 18 to 21 seasons. He went on to join NBC Sports' NHL telecast in the 2005 to 2006 season.
Emrick voiced over several of the most important and vastly watched hockey games such as Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, the Stanley Cup Final in 2013, 2010's Vancouver Olympics Men's Gold Medal Final between USA and Canada, and many more.
Thank you, Doc, for your love of the game, your support of everybody who's part of the game...and for expanding viewers' vocabularies with your endless supply of verbs to describe the games. pic.twitter.com/nJ74wlrv78— Chicago Wolves (@Chicago_Wolves) October 19, 2020
When asked to pick out his favorite voiceover call of his telecasting career, the star went far back to 2014's Olympics. He recalled that it was his signoff from the 2014 Sochi Winter Games men's preliminary-round contest between America and Russia.
Over the course of his career, Emrick bagged five Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-By-Play. He also received the Lester Patrick Award in 2004 and won many other awards for his contribution to the world of hockey.