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Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick Retiring as Broadcaster



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Longtime NHL broadcaster Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick is retiring from the broadcast booth on Monday.

The 74-old Emrick has been the preeminent voice for NHL games on NBC and NBC Sports since moving to the network in a full-time role in 2011. Emrick served as the play-by-play announcer for the New Jersey Devils for 21 seasons prior to 2011.

“I hope I can handle retirement OK, especially since I’ve never done it before,” Emrick said, according to 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 was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame back in 2008 and was awarded the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to hockey broadcasting.

“Things change over 50 years, but much of what I love is unchanged from then to now and into the years ahead,” Emrick said in a statement. “I still get chills seeing the Stanley Cup. I especially love when the horn sounds, and one team has won and another team hasn’t, all hostility can dissolve into the timeless great display of sportsmanship — the handshake line. I leave you with sincere thanks.”

Moving forward, Emrick will continue to write and narrate video essays as part of NBC Sports’ NHL coverage.

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