Emmy-award winning play-by-play announcer Mike “Doc” Emrick joined NBC and NBCSN on a full-time basis in 2011, after serving as the television voice of the New Jersey Devils for the previous 18 seasons (21 overall), and is the lead play-by-play voice for NBC Sports Group’s NHL coverage. Now in his 43rd year covering professional hockey, including 36 in the National Hockey League, Emrick has called nearly 3,500 hockey games in his broadcast career.
Emrick served as the lead announcer for NBC’s coverage of men’s and women’s ice hockey at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, marking his sixth Winter Olympics assignment for NBC Olympics. In addition to his regular duties during NBC’s coverage of the Winter Games, Emrick has also served as a water polo play-by-play announcer during the network’s coverage of the 2012 London Olympics and 2004 Athens Olympics.
On December 12, 2011 Emrick was one of five individuals, and the first-ever broadcaster, inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. Emrick has also won two Emmy Awards for “best sports play-by-play personality,” and received the 2008 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, from the Hockey Hall of Fame, for his outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster. He has been on the selection committee for the Hall of Fame for ten years, and has also served on the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee. In addition, Emrick has been honored with seven New York region Emmy Awards for “on-camera achievement”.
Emrick has worked on 25 consecutive Stanley Cup Playoffs, 17 Stanley Cup Finals series, and ten NHL All-Star Games. He previously served as the television voice of the Philadelphia Flyers, 1988-93, as well as a telecaster for PRISM-TV, 1980-83. Emrick has been vice president of the NHL Broadcasters Association since 1985, and has called hockey games for CSTV, ESPN, and FOX. He has contributed to NHL.com, while providing voice-overs for Hockey Week, NHL Power Week, the NHL’s Stanley Cup video, and Sony NHL video games. Emrick also spent time as a radio broadcaster for more than 100 hockey games on WNBC/WFAN-AM, from 1983-88. His other sports credits include: the NFL, NCAA men’s basketball, Olympic water polo, track and luge.
Emrick began his career serving as radio/TV broadcaster and public relations director of the AHL’s Maine Mariners, 1977-80, and the IHL’s Port Huron Flags, 1973-77. Emrick earned his Ph.D. in radio-television-film from Bowling Green State University in 1976. A fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates for 53 years, he participated as a second baseman in the 2012 Pirates Fantasy Camp in Bradenton, Fla., playing for Team Clemente.
A native of LaFontaine, Ind., Mike and his wife, Joyce Anne, are joined by two canine children and five horses at their home in St. Clair, Mich.