It was announced early this morning that Mike “Doc” Emrick has decided to hang up his microphone and call it a career at the ripe age of 74. Doc has been doing sports broadcasting since 1973, starting his hockey career with Flyers AHL affiliate, the Maine Mariners. He also did commentary for the Flyers, Devils, Rangers, and Devils, where he called their 1995 Stanley Cup Victory.
Doc is still active with the Hershey Bears, going every year to announce their Bears’ Hall of Fame Inductees. He is also extremely educated, having attended Manchester University, Miami University, and Bowling Green State University, where he acquired his nickname Doc. Outside of working for individual teams, he has done work for other nationwide stations such as CBS, NBC (obviously), ABC, TNT, and Fox amongst others. He was even fortunate enough to commentate on a few Olympics.
Doc even dabbled in commenting on NFL football, calling 3 games in 1992 and 1993, alongside a few NCAA basketball games. Doc is now going to enjoy his retirement in Michigan with his wife, dogs, and six horses. He said in an interview that he does plan on traveling once he can, having accumulated so many miles over his career it would be crazy not to.
There is not enough that could ever be said to facilitate how great of a career Doc had, and how much he contributed to the sport of Ice Hockey in his more than 50-year career calling the sport. He will be sorely missed alongside Eddie Olczyk and Brian Boucher. But here is to hoping that Bouch gets a chance to fill the big shoes that Emrick is leaving empty.
Enjoy your retirment Doc. The world of hockey will sorely miss you!