Morning Free Association: Retirement

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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.

 

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.

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The London Bear
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Kuhlman signed for 2yrs at 750k. Good. Saw a lot to like about the kid.

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Even icons need to retire sometime. It was time for him to move on – I legit thought he had retired at the end of last season until I saw him doing this year’s playoffs. Would love to see Mike Tirico get that spot.

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Hi all.

I always enjoyed Doc’s commentaries. It must be hard when he has to allow for the fact some of the audience aren’t hockey aficionados.
A lot of people complained about him but my God you should hear some of the sports commentators English folks have to put up with!

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Morning all. Congratulations on a well-earned retirement, Doc. A friend of Satan81 used to work with Doc and said he’s without a doubt the nicest person in hockey.