From all Chicago Blackhawks fans, thank you Doc Emrick
By Jimmy Lynch
The Chicago Blackhawks have had some pretty memorable moments throughout the past ten years. Fans are never going to forget the Blackhawks winning their three championships in six seasons. One thing I will never forget is who was calling the game.
Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick has been one of the brightest faces of hockey in the United States for a long time. He has given the game of hockey a voice, one that can not be replaced. Emrick has called games in 22 different Stanely Cup Finals and has been one of the faces of NBC Sports since 2011. Now Emrick is announcing that he is retiring.
The Chicago Blackhawks have won three championships with Doc calling the game. I distinctly remember his calls when it came down to the last few minutes of those games. Whether it was the confusion when Patrick Kane won the game in 2010 or the drama of 17 seconds in 2013, Doc Emrick was there.
Emrick’s calls have been rather remarkable throughout all of his career, and if you have some time, go back and watch some of his work during the Blackhawks 2010, 2013, and 2015 playoff runs. He has helped capture some of the team’s best moments in franchise history.
Emrick has been one of the voices that called nationally televised games on NBC throughout the regular season. Because of the fact that Chicago is such a large market that gets the pleasure of being in a lot of nationally televised games, we have heard Doc a lot throughout the season over the past ten years.
Blackhawks fans have been truly blessed with their broadcasters over the years. We have Pat Foley and Eddie Olcyzk throughout most of the season, and when it came to nationally televised games Emrick and Olcyzk provided some fun moments.
Emrick and Olcyzk have been a great pair that have helped capture the game of hockey and translate it to viewers at home, and he will be missed greatly! Many people on Twitter are already talking about their favorite calls from Emric, which will only continue as the days go on.
I will never forget Doc saying, “For the third time in six years, the Chicago Blackhawks are Stanley Cup Champions!” Thank you, Doc, for an amazing career, and enjoy retirement! Whenever the Chicago Blackhawks manage to get back to the Stanley Cup Final, it will be weird to hear someone else call the next Blackhawks’ championship.