from Richard Sandomir of the New York Times,
Mike Emrick’s vacation, otherwise known as the 113-day N.H.L. lockout, is about to end. Unable to call National Hockey League games, Emrick has not been fully idle. He has called some college hockey games for the NBC Sports Network and dabbled in calling figure skating for NBC. But his most unusual assignment came last month: play-by-play of a girls’ 12-and-under league game.
The idea came from Brian Williams, the anchor of the “NBC Nightly News” and “Rock Center.”
“I figured, ‘What is he doing?’ ” Williams said by telephone Thursday. “He must be driving Mrs. Emrick crazy. So we approached him and said, ‘The smaller the better — would you be willing to call a kids’ game?’ ”
Emrick, NBC’s lead hockey announcer, liked the idea of calling a game without a labor dispute involved, and the girls’ game was put on his schedule on Dec. 12 in Troy, Mich., about 45 miles from his house. Williams, a fan of Emrick’s, was looking for a segment for “Rock Center,” and sent a crew to the Troy Sports Center to shoot the St. Clair Shores Saintes-Troy Lady Sting game.
Coaching the Sting was Doug Brown, a former N.H.L. player, whose daughter Lily played right wing.
continued and watch a video below with Doc calling the game.
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