Emrick retirement prompts outpouring of love on social media

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Over a period of nearly five decades, Mike “Doc” Emrick became an iconic broadcaster, ambassador for the game of hockey and friend to many in the game.

Known for his extensive vocabulary and passionate calls, Emrick was like no other. He retired on Monday after 47 years in the business. An outpouring of love flowed out on social media.

So many fans wanted to thank Emrick for his many years calling hockey’s biggest games – the past 15 as the lead play-by-play voice for the NHL on NBC – that the network’s Twitter account set up a “virtual handshake line” where everyone could show their appreciation.

Tweet from @NHLonNBCSports: Doc Emrick was ALWAYS heartened to see the handshake line at the end of a #StanleyCup Playoff series.Now, we want you to join his.Let’s turn the replies into Doc’s virtual 🤝 handshake 🤝 line as we say #ThankYouDoc! pic.twitter.com/seEbX23WRg

NBC also shared a tribute video, called by none other than the man himself.

Tweet from @NHLonNBCSports: After 3,750+ Professional and Olympic hockey games, 100 different verbs used to describe a pass or shot, and 22 Stanley Cup Finals, the legendary Mike “Doc” Emrick has announced his retirement from broadcasting.From hockey fans around the world, we say #ThankYouDoc! pic.twitter.com/Pt27Dp63TW

Fans, teams and pretty much anyone who has ever worked with Emrick wanted to wish him well on his retirement.

The AHL’s Maine Mariners, where Emrick broadcast from 1977-79, one of his first gigs in hockey, shared their congratulations. 

Tweet from @MarinersOfMaine: From “Voice of the Mariners” to the “Voice of Hockey,” what a career it was. 🎙���The Mariners wish Doc Emrick all the best in his retirement! pic.twitter.com/OZjrGuJoOa

The AHL itself and the league’s Hershey Bears, of whom Emrick was a friend, echoed the sentiments. 

Tweet from @TheAHL: Deeply proud of his roots, Doc Emrick has been an invaluable friend to the AHL since his days behind the mic for the Maine Mariners.We wish him and Joyce nothing but happiness in retirement. #ThankYouDoc pic.twitter.com/DwdtjWqur9

Tweet from @TheHersheyBears: Happy Retirement to Mike “Doc” Emrick! The legendary broadcaster loved Hershey, always mentioned the Bears on air, & often returned to Chocolatetown to emcee events. We wish all the best to a great friend of the organization. #ThankYouDoc for all the memorable calls and moments! pic.twitter.com/COfYb2xUNA

It was for the 1982-82 season when he took over as voice of the New Jersey Devils. He would later form an entertainig tandem with former NHL goalie Glenn “Chico” Resch.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Simply, incredible. Enjoy your retirement, Doc.#ThankYouDoc | @NHLonNBCSports pic.twitter.com/jBwTnJv9bq

He also worked for the Philadelphia Flyers during the 1980s.

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: #ThankYouDoc for your contribution to hockey and being part of amazing memories and moments, like this one.Congratulations and enjoy retirement. 🏒🏒🏒 https://t.co/73kRiwqcHV pic.twitter.com/mBrllL4H1J

Flyers alumni shared a terrific throwback picture of Emrick and broadcast partner Bill Clement.

Tweet from @FlyersAlumni: Happy retirement, Mike “Doc” Emrick; a true living legend in hockey broadcasting. We were honored to have you call @NHLFlyers games locally for 13 years and nationally for long beyond that! pic.twitter.com/8Nx8nzmKm4

Another well-known voice in hockey, Kenny Albert, paid tribute to Emrick.

Tweet from @KennyAlbert: Congratulations to Mike ���Doc��� Emrick on a legendary career. He was/is ���hockey���s Vin Scully���. Doc���s calls will be replayed and enjoyed for generations to come. The greatest of all-time…and an even better person!

Emrick, always on point and always entertaining, did a feature for this website where he read lines from the iconic hockey comedy classic movie “Slap Shot” back in 2017.

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