Hall of Fame NHL Broadcaster Mike Emrick Announces Retirement

Doc Emrick and Eddie Olczyk on NBCSN in 2019. Photo by Bruce C. Cooper/Wikipedia

Legendary NHL broadcaster Mike “Doc” Emrick will be stepping away from the broadcasting booth after a remarkable 47-year career.

The 74-year-old Emrick has been the play-by-play voice of the NHL on NBC for the last 15 years and has been recognized as the voice of the league for the last several decades.

According to NBC, Emrick will continue writing and narrating video essays for them, even though he will no longer be broadcasting games.

Emrick has called more than 3,700 professional and Olympic hockey games in his career. He has covered six Olympics and 22 Stanley Cup Finals.

Emrick got the nickname “Doc” because he graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Ph. D. He got his first professional broadcasting job with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1980 and continued calling games for the Flyers and New Jersey Devils over the next three decades before signing a deal to join NBC Sports.

In 2011, he became the first broadcaster to be inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame.

Emrick called the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs to end his career as a play-by-play broadcaster. His final game was Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, in which the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars to become NHL champions.

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