On Monday morning, Doc Emrick retired from the broadcast booth.
NBC shared the following video, narrated by Emrick, to announce the news. Note: you’ll want tissues available to watch this five minute masterclass in paying tribute to a game.
For Blackhawks fans, the past decade was the greatest time in the history of the franchise. Three Stanley Cup championships, at least four future Hall of Famers on the roster together with a Hall of Fame coach behind the bench, and plenty of playoff drama along the way.
And, unless you were in the seats at the arena, your memories of those three championships will forever be through the voice of Doc. And even if you paid to be there, you undoubtedly went home and watched the game again, just to hear how Doc described the action.
Close your eyes… listen.
There’s his voice.
He wasn’t sure what happened in Philadelphia in 2010. Had Patrick Kane actually scored?
He was blown away by two goals in 17 seconds in Boston. How the tables had turned!
And he was poetic as the Blackhawks when the Hawks won it on home ice in 2015.
Doc Emrick has been the voice of hockey on a national level for multiple generations of fans. He perfectly captured the speed and beauty of the game. He was an artist behind the mic without knowing the script he would provide to his audience.
He leaves enormous skates to fill for those in the coming seasons. But we were all blessed to have listened to him.