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Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick will join U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Dec 9, 2011, 10:36 PM EDT

Doc Emrick

Mike “Doc” Emrick didn’t grow up dreaming of calling some of the biggest moments in hockey. He was a baseball “fanatic” until Dec. 10, 1960, when he fell in love with the sport. Fans of his ecstatic style and verbose descriptions should be thankful for that transformation, as Emrick earned an induction into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Dec. 12.

NHL.com’s Mike Morreale points out that Emrick is the first media member to receive that honor, as he is part of a class that includes Chris Chelios, Gary Suter, Keith Tkachuk and Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider.

Emrick won a 2004 Lester Patrick Award, a 2008 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award and a 2011 Emmy for play-by-play work. Morreale points out that Emrick has broadcasted games for every major American broadcast network, 13 Stanley Cup finals and 23 playoff Game 7 matches in nearly 40 years of announcing.

This excerpt from Morreale’s story captures Emrick’s undeniable passion for the sport.

“I marvel at guys who can use unnatural extensions — their stick off their arm and skates off their feet,” he said. “And to be able to do it at 30 mph, shoot at 100 mph and collide with people inside a walled-in area. The fact there are occasional outbreaks of temper proves that morality still works every once in a while.

“All of these things thrown together just make it a fascinating human experience in watching the sport. I’ve been married to Joyce for 33 years and [a love for hockey is] almost like trying to explain why you love your wife so much. It’s one of those things that’s not terribly cerebral; it’s really a part of the heart. That’s probably the best way to explain why I love the sport so much.”

  1. sharksfan754 - Dec 9, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    I actually like doc’s broadcasting. Yes he can run out of breath and go on a tangent but he always has excitement in his voice whenever a good chance happens regardless of the team… But I’ll never forget one of his lines (unfortunately I forgot the game although I know Detroit was one of the teams) on a failed clearing attempt. “and here’s lidstrom trying to clear it out (puck kept in the zone, bounces right back to him) but much like Ohio state in a national championship game he’ll get another shot at it.”

  2. taytay099 - Dec 10, 2011 at 2:59 AM

    I’ve take Jim Hughson over Doc any day. Congratulations to him, that is no small feat.

  3. bcjim - Dec 10, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Fail.

  4. capsrockva - Dec 10, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    I for one like “Doc’s” broadcast., though he’s not Joe B. who does the Caps games on CSN Washington w/ Craig.

    • babykaby - Dec 12, 2011 at 11:25 AM

      Joe B. used to be great till he started picking up Craig L’s bad habits of pathetic jokes, not paying enough attention to the game and endless drawn out chatter not related to the game. Craig L. has got to be the worst “color” guy in hockey. I think Craig L. actually believes the show is about him (he sure talks about himself enough) and not what’s happening on the ice. Talk about an ego. It is so AWFUL listening to this guy and so distracting from the game, I have to turn the sound off and turn on the radio feed. This bozo really needs to be replaced before he completely ruins Joe B’s broadcast of the Caps. Even the “color” guy in Pittsburgh is better, and he downright sucks.

      That said, I would sure love to have Doc do all the Caps broadcasts. Congrats to you Doc. This honor is well deserved. Please keep on doing what you do. You are one of the very best.

  5. wardmanone - Dec 10, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    He has the classic voice, makes plays sound more riveting then they really are Kudos to him on HOF

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