21 July 2011

Mike Emrick Leaves the New Jersey Devils

One of the more respected and beloved announcers in NHL history has left the broadcast booth for one team that he has covered for over 20 years and that's Mike "Doc" Emrick with the New Jersey Devils. Doc has chosen to focus exclusively on NBC/VERSUS as their lead play-by-play announcer. He has decided to cut back on travel at the age of 65. 
Emrick is widely considered to be one of, if not the, best NHL announcers and has been calling games for almost 30 years on both the regional and national levels. As a Devils fan, I can fully attest to the love that the Devils fanbase had for Doc as he and his broadcast partner Chico Resch became legendary amongst the Jersey crowd. I once met Doc and I can say he is definitly one of the nicest and classiest people I have ever met. Just a great guy and I wish him the best in his future endeavers and I will always be watching when he calls a game. 
Continue reading for his letter to the fans of the Devils as well as a tribute video made by the Devils organization when he received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award given out by the Hockey Hall of Fame. 
To the marvelous fans of the New Jersey Devils:

A good friend advised me several years ago that before any major decision, you should look in the mirror and look at your birth certificate.

Since my contracts with MSG, VERSUS, and NBC all expired late this spring, this was another of those times. I discovered that the birth certificate couldn't be changed and it showed me to be 65 in a few days.

I've been extremely fortunate to have been able to spend 23 incredible years with the MSG Network channels and 21 equally enjoyable years--including 3 Stanley Cup championships--with the New Jersey Devils.  However, considering the long-term significance of this decision, I was able to construct a lighter regular season-schedule and the usual complement of Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final games for NBC and VERSUS.

But that assurance of less travel and fewer games has regrettably led me to end my association with the MSG Network channels and the Devils.

The people at both of these organizations have been incredibly loyal to me and have been very patient waiting until mid-summer for me to reach this decision. Both have also provided me only positive memories, support, and encouragement over these many seasons.

I wanted Devils fans to know of this news quickly after I reached the decision since their kindness to my wife Joyce and me on countless occasions brought us so much joy. Candidly, it has also left me with a sense of regret that I will not be continuing to call the team's games.

Words in prepared statements like these usually read very cold. Despite that, I hope you will sense how much I have enjoyed being around you and the team. This seemed the best way to get this news to you in the middle of the off-season.

I wish MSG Network and the Devils and Devils fans nothing but the greatest success in the years to come.

With Great Appreciation,
 





Doc
 

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