If Doc Emerick seemed especially maudlin and sentimental during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it’s probably that he knew it would be his last run. After a 50 years calling hockey games, including 15 with NBC Sports and 21 as the voice of the New Jersey Devils, Doc Emerick is calling it a career. At 74, it’s time to enjoy some time away from the game.
There are very few words to adequately describe the life and career of Doc Emrick, so let’s let his own words carry the day as he announces his retirement.
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) October 19, 2020
Emerick, a 2008 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, has called a whopping 22 Stanley Cup Finals. He was the first announcer inducted to the US Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.
While there are so many other memorable moments in his long career, I will remember this one most fondly since it was culled from his calls during the Bruins – Blackhawks Stanley Cup FInal in 2013, the year I started watching NHL hockey.
So many different terms to say the puck was shot.
In the past year, everything has been turned upside down by the Covid-19 pandemic, including sports leagues like the NHL. While Emerick was able to come back and essentially telecommute for the playoffs, it’s too bad he didn’t get a chance to have a proper goodbye. Once the pandemic is over, maybe he’ll get a chance to visit a few barns for fun.