by David Pavlak on 10/19/11 at 04:30 PM ET
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.
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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