Mike Emrick, (born August 1, 1946 in La Fontaine, Indiana) is an American [sportscaster noted mostly for his work in ice hockey. He is currently the lead play-by-play announcer for both NBC and Versus. Among the many awards he has received is the NHL's Lester Patrick Award in 2004 and the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award by the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008.
Emrick earned a B.Sc. in speech from Manchester University in 1968, a M.A. in radio/television from Miami University in 1969. He then received a Ph.D. in Communications (radio/television/film) from Bowling Green State University in 1976, where he got his nickname "Doc".
Emrick taught speech and broadcasting at Geneva College in the Pittsburgh suburb of Beaver Falls from 1969–71 and got his first experience of the NHL covering the Pittsburgh Penguins as an unpaid correspondent for The Beaver County Times newspaper.
Broadcasting career Edit
Emrick has been sportscasting professionally since 1973 when he was hired by Port Huron Flags' GM Morris Snider to do play-by-play onWHLS radio and public relations for the IHL team. In 1977 he took on the same two roles with the first year AHL Maine Mariners for three seasons (broadcasting that club's Calder Cup championships in both 1978 and 1979). Emrick then served as the Devils first voice in New Jersey, arriving for the 1983–2011 NHL season, and stayed there, and from 1986-1993, he served as the Flers in Philadelphia alongside Bill Clement.
Emrick was the lead play-by-play announcer for The NHL on ESPN from 1986–1988. For 3 of those years, Emrick was paired with former NHL and national hockey broadcaster Bill Clement.
Emrick was the play-by-play for NHL on SportsChannel America alongside Bill Clement, and John Davidson. In 1993, he remained to the Devils, and continued to be the Devils's voice until July 2011. He announced the Devils' 1995 Stanley Cup victory, alongside color commentator John Davidson on FOX.
National work Edit
Emrick has also done play-by-play for CBS, NBC, ABC, ESPN, and FOX. His first national over-the-air television work came in 1992 doing ice hockey at the XVI Winter Olympic Games at Albertville, France, for CBS. Mike Emrick became the lead play-by-play announcer for the NHL on FOX acquire the broadcasting rights calling regular-season games and Stanley Cup Finals from 1995 to 2000. After FOX relinquished the NHL broadcast rights to ABC, he became a regional announcer for ABC from 2000–2004. He could only call select playoff games at the time, but did file reports for ABC Sports and ESPN's Stanley Cup Finals coverage.
Since the 2005–06 NHL season, Emrick has been the lead play-by-play announcer for the NHL on Versus and NHL on NBC, and since 2008, has served as an overall host of the telecast. He calls the top Conference Final and the entire Stanley Cup Finals for both networks. He has called games in 11 Stanley Cup Finals on TV for ESPN, FOX, Versus, and NBC alongside Eddie Olczyk. He has also called eight NHL All-Star Games for FOX, Versus and ESPN. He called the 1996 World Cup of Hockey for the Prime Network and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey for ESPN.
Emrick has worked five Olympic Games for NBC. For NBC, he called water polo in the 2004 and 2012 Summer Olympics, and men's and women's ice hockey at the 2006, 2010 and the 2014 Winter Olympics alongside Eddie Olczyk.