Mike Emrick, the Hall of Fame hockey announcer who painted hockey images with the flair of Bobby Orr on the rush, will retire today from calling games. The news was first reported by Phil Mushnick of The New York Post. Emrick has called hockey for 47 years— more than 3,750 games.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) October 19, 2020
Love him or hate him, Doc was the voice of hockey for an entire generation of hockey fans. When you turned on a game and heard his voice, you knew it was a big game. The inventor of hockey verbs like waffleboarded, knifed, guided, and stapled, Doc’s enthusiasm for the game is unmatched.
No official announcement has been made about who will replace him. However it seems to be between John Forslund or Kenny Albert. It is unknown if NBC will make that call immediately following Doc Emrick announcing his decision to retire.