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.
NBC also shared a tribute video, called by none other than the man himself.
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.
The AHL itself and the league’s Hershey Bears, of whom Emrick was a friend, echoed the sentiments.
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.
He also worked for the Philadelphia Flyers during the 1980s.
Flyers alumni shared a terrific throwback picture of Emrick and broadcast partner Bill Clement.
Another well-known voice in hockey, Kenny Albert, paid tribute to Emrick.
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.