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Devils To Honor Michael “Doc” Emrick, Brodeur Update

Little has been said about a status update surrounding Devils goalie Martin Brodeur. He has already met with the team doctor, and Lou Lamoriello said that Brodeur was “status-quo.” Not exactly the most uplifting words to hear. Brodeur has already been ruled out of Fridays game against the Sharks. Once again the Devils turn to Johan Hedberg to rally the troops in search of another win. The Devils will have Keith Kinkaid on the bench as a backup.

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Martin Brodeur will be out the next 7-10 days with an injured shoulder. He will not require surgery.

For anyone who watches hockey on TV, you know that the announcer can either make or break a game. Luckily enough, I have had the pleasure to listen to Doc Emrick call Devils games ever since I first became interested in the sport. To put it simply, Doc is the best. No one will ever top his ability to call a game. On February 24th, the Devils are going to honor Doc before their game against the Vancouver Canucks.

“We were fortunate to have ‘Doc’ as part of our organization for more than 20 years,” said Lamoriello. ”Mike and Joyce Emrick will always be part of the Devils’ family. We look forward to welcoming them back to Prudential Center.”

Doc stepped down this season as the voice of the Devils to work primarily for NBC/Versus.

I have read comments where people have never liked Doc’s ability to call a game. They must have never had the luxury to really listen to him speak. He wielded words as if he was a sorcerer. You could close your eyes while listening to a Devils broadcast and still know exactly what was going on by the way Doc spoke. Even some of the Devils players were sad to see Doc go, but were happy that they had the chance to honor him.

“I think it’s great for us to do,” said captain Zach Parise. “We were lucky to have him as our home guy for a long time. You have him at the Olympics and the Stanley Cup Finals – he’s the best there is. I think it’s a great thing that we’re doing.”

When news of Emrick’s departure from MSG Networks became official in July, David Clarkson reached out to him directly.

“I gave him a call just to congratulate him and tell him good luck on everything,” Clarkson said. “He left me a message that was one of the nicest messages I’ve had from anybody. It was nothing special – it was just more him thanking me for calling him.”

Nobody has worked longer and harder at their craft then Doc, and his dedication to the game was culminated in his induction to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

“It has always been an honor to be associated with the New Jersey Devils,” said Emrick. “Part of it is the commitment to winning, part of it is the friends you make within the broadcast team, the hockey team, and the fans. Joyce and I could never imagine this kind of recognition and were speechless when we received Lou’s call. We thank all who have been so good to us and I will certainly look forward to saying ‘thank you’ in person.”

Doc’s legacy as one of the best hockey announcers will truly live on forever.

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DocF's avatar

I have always found Mike Emrick to waste way too much time in frivolous conversations about this and that and spend too little time talking about the game.  He seems to have been doing his job too long and he phones in his work.  For at least 15 years he has been at the bottom of the heap, IMHO. 

Of course, on NBC/Versus he is surrounded by idiots, so that does not help him one bit.  However, the play by play man has to set the tone and call the game.  Emrick wanders around telling stories, which would be great between periods, but during the game, it is poor broadcasting.

Now, I have been following the great game for 65 years.  I have heard guys like Bud Lynch in their prime.  They are much better than Emrick at his best.

The absolute best has never worked for an NHL team that I know of.  The radio voice of the Fort Wayne Komets forever, Bob Chase, was/is the absolute best ever.  His calls made me feel like I was at the rink instead of driving down a dark and lonely highway.

Doc

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 10/19/11 at 05:24 PM ET

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Couldn’t disagree more with the above. Funny enough, Doc has relayed many times how Bob Chase was his radio idol.

Doc brings the excitement of the arena into the living room and infuses every broadcast with a love for every aspect of hockey. I feel the past couple years he has slipped slightly with his accuracy and tempo but still calls the game as well as anyone out there and isn’t behind the play often. Knowing when to spin those old yarns without breaking the flow of the game has been one of his strengths.

This is all highly subjective, but I think saying he phones in his work is a real stretch. One thing I will agree with is that the NBC format and talent is a nightmare for actual hockey fans.

Posted by Dave on 10/22/11 at 09:32 PM ET

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