Mike “Doc” Emrick announced his retirement on Monday following a 47-year career broadcasting professional hockey.
“For obvious reasons, hockey is the most challenging sport for a play-by-play man,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Doc somehow didn’t just master it, he transformed it into art. The game, of course, goes on. But it never again will sound quite the same.” Emrick was the lead play-by-play voice for the NHL on NBC for the last 15 years. He estimated he’s called more than 3,750 professional and Olympic hockey games. His body of work includes the Stanley Cup Final 22 times, 45 Stanley Cup Playoffs/Final Game 7s, six Olympics, 14 NHL All-Star Games and 19 NHL Winter Classics/Stadium Series games.