Mike 'Doc' Emrick announces retirement from broadcasting

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Posted at 8:05 AM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 08:18:13-04

Mike "Doc" Emrick, the legendary NHL broadcaster who has been calling hockey games for decades, is retiring. The New York Post was the first to report his retirement.

Emrick, 74, lives in St. Clair Michigan and began his play-by-play career in Port Huron with the Port Huron Flags.

During the NHL Lockout in 2013, he called a 12-year-old girls hockey game which went viral around the country.

“I hope I can handle retirement OK,” he told the New York Post Sunday night. “Especially since I’ve never done it before. But I’ve just been extremely lucky for 50 years. And NBC has been so good to me, especially since the pandemic, when I was allowed to work from home in a studio NBC created."

He's been calling games as the lead play-by-play voice for the NHL on Versus and then the NHL on NBC since 2005, and called the 2008 Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup victory.

He has called 13 Stanley Cup Finals and was inducted to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011, the first member of the media to be inducted.

He was also the recipient of the Hockey Hall of Fame Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to hockey broadcasting in 2008.