"Doc" Emrick is one of the most decorated and respected play-by-play
announcers in contemporary broadcasting, and is the voice of hockey
in the United States. Doc currently calls games for the New Jersey
Devils, the NHL on NBC and on Versus, and Winter Olympics hockey,
including the thrilling overtime gold medal men’s hockey game in
Vancouver, Canada, earlier this year.
In his 37 years of
broadcasting, Doc has called more than 3000 NHL games on all major
networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, and FOX), including 8 NHL All-Star
Games, 21 Stanley Cup Playoffs, 11 Stanley Cup Finals, and 6
Olympics. Doc has received much recognition for his play-by-play
announcing, including a National CableACE Award (1997), five New
York Emmy Awards, and the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding
service to hockey in the United States (2004).
Doc was inducted
Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008 with the Foster Hewitt Memorial
Award for Broadcasting, named for the Canadian "Voice of Hockey" and
presented by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association for outstanding
contributions to their profession and to hockey. Doc was also
recently honored by the New Jersey Devils with "Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick
Night" during their January 30, 2009, game against the Pittsburgh
Doc has served as a member of the NHL Hockey Hall of
Fame selection committee, editor of the NHL Pronunciation Guide, and
vice president of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association. He is a regular
contributor to NHL.com (Emrick’s Angle) and has lent his voice to
NHL Power Week, NHL’s Stanley Cup video, and the "NHL Face-Off" Sony
PlayStation video game.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in
speech from Manchester College (1968), Doc earned a master’s degree
in radio and television from Miami University of Ohio (1969), and a
Ph.D. in radio, television, and film from Bowling Green University
(1976), earning him his "Doc" nickname.
Doc taught in Geneva
College’s speech department (1969-71) and covered Penguins games as
a freelance reporter for the Beaver County Times (1970-71). His pro
hockey career began with the IHL Port Huron Flags (1973-77),
continued with Philadelphia’s top farm team, the Maine Mariners
(1977-80), and brought him to the NHL in 1980. He has called Flyers
games on television (1980-83, 1988-93), the New York Rangers on
radio (1986-88), and the New Jersey Devils on television for 20
seasons (1983-86, 1993-present).
In addition to hockey, Doc has
also served as play-by-play announcer for NFL games (1992-1993),
World Luge Championships (1993), and the NCAA March Madness
Doc lives in Michigan with his wife, Joyce, and
their two dogs and three horses.