Seven-time 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 41st year covering professional hockey, including 34 in the National Hockey League, Emrick has called more than 3,000 hockey games in his broadcast career.
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 five Emmy Awards for “best sports play-by-play personality,” including four consecutive Emmys in the category from 2014 to 2017, and seven New York region Emmy Awards for “on-camera achievement.” In 2008, Emrick received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, from the Hockey Hall of Fame, for his outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster. Emrick has also served on the selection committees for the Hockey Hall of Fame and U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, and has been vice president of the NHL Broadcasters Association since 1985.
Emrick has worked on 40 consecutive Stanley Cup Playoffs, 20 Stanley Cup Finals series, and 12 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 also called hockey games for CSTV, ESPN, and FOX, and also spent time as a radio broadcaster for more than 100 hockey games on WNBC/WFAN-AM, from 1983-88.
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 third 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.
In addition to his work on television and radio broadcasts, Emrick has contributed to NHL.com, and provided voice-overs for Hockey Week, NHL Power Week, the NHL’s Stanley Cup video, Sony NHL video games, and EA Sports video games. His other sports broadcasting credits include covering the NFL, NCAA men’s basketball, 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, Emrick participated as a second baseman in the 2012 Pirates Fantasy Camp in Bradenton, Fla., playing for Team Clemente. Emrick was also invited to serve as a play-by-play announcer, during select innings, for two of the Pirates spring training games this year.
A native of LaFontaine, Ind., Mike and his wife, Joyce Anne, are joined by two canine children and six horses at their home in St. Clair, Mich.