Friday, July 22, 2011

Indiana native Emrick to NBC/VS full-time

If you've watched any televised hockey in the States over the past quarter-century, chances are you've heard Mike Emrick's voice.

Emrick has been NBC's lead play-by-play announcer for its national game of the week since 2005. He has also been Versus' lead announcer. The two networks merged when Versus owner Comcast purchased NBC during the past hockey season.

"Doc" -- so named because of a PhD earned from Bowling Green State University -- is a native of LaFontaine, Indiana. He graduated from Manchester College in 1968.

However, Emrick's day job has been with the New Jersey Devils, where he has been their television play-by-play voice since 1993.

Emrick announced Thursday that he's stepping down from the New Jersey job and will concentrate fully on NBC and Versus duties.

A couple of stories, first from USA Today and from ESPN, for which Emrick began doing national work in the late 1980s.

Emrick also wrote a letter to the New Jersey fans. He will turn 65 on Aug. 1, and mentioned his age, combined with the prospect of less travel, as a consideration as he decided to join NBC and Versus exclusively.

For a good retrospective of Emrick's career, read Richard Dietsch's SI story from June.

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