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Mike Emrick leaves Devils broadcast booth

Posted on: July 21, 2011 11:53 am
Edited on: July 21, 2011 12:07 pm
 
By Adam Gretz

If you regularly watch New Jersey Devils games on TV, you're going to have to prepare yourself for them to have a different voice this upcoming season and in the future.

Mike Emrick, the Devils' long-time play-by-play voice, announced Thursday that he is leaving the broadcast booth after 21 seasons to join NBC/Versus exclusively. He had already worked for NBC/Versus in recent years on a part-time basis alongside Ed Olczyk.

In a letter to Devils fans published on the team's official web site, Emrick writes:
A good friend advised me several years ago that before any major decision, you should look in the mirror and look at your birth certificate.

Since my contracts with MSG, VERSUS, and NBC all expired late this spring, this was another of those times. I discovered that the birth certificate couldn't be changed and it showed me to be 65 in a few days. I've been extremely fortunate to have been able to spend 23 incredible years with the MSG Network channels and 21 equally enjoyable years--including 3 Stanley Cup championships--with the New Jersey Devils.

However, considering the long-term significance of this decision, I was able to construct a lighter regular season-schedule and the usual complement of Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final games for NBC and VERSUS. But that assurance of less travel and fewer games has regrettably led me to end my association with the MSG Network channels and the Devils.
He went on to thank the Devils franchise and the MSG Network for their loyalty over the years, as well as Devils fans for all of the kindness they showed to he and his wife.

Fans can grow attached to unique announcers, and Emrick is certainly one of the best -- and most excitable -- still going in the NHL, and it's sure to be a disappointment for Devils fans that grew up listening to him call their games. Throughout his broadcasting career, he's been awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States in 2004, and he was also presented with the Foster Hewitt Award in 2008.

Here's an NHL Network feature on his work with the Devils from a couple of years ago...



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Comments

Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:26 am
 

Mike Emrick leaves Devils broadcast booth

if i were a devils fan i would be relieved. from the few broadcasts that ive had the misfortune of listening to with this guy, i would have turned away from hockey long ago if i had to listen to his nonsense every game. the guy is awful, horribly biased, and one of my least favorite announcers. but thats just my opinion.




Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2011 10:56 am
 

Mike Emrick leaves Devils broadcast booth

Reading everyone throwing out their favorite play by play guys I am surprised that no one is sending any love to Dave Strader!


umm read about four posts before yours I think I covered that



Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: July 24, 2011 10:35 am
 

Mike Emrick leaves Devils broadcast booth

Mike Emrick is an excellent announcer: one of the best in all of sports. I am glad he will be doing more games (I would not be happy if I was a Devils fan though)



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2011 1:03 am
 

Mike Emrick leaves Devils broadcast booth

Do not have much to add to the many praises above.....

Guy is a class act and for his statement he has left above that he really did not have to do.

As someone that has heard him from the time I started watching to present he honestly is still the best out there.

Atta guy Me Emrick, see ya come playoff time!!!! 



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 23, 2011 6:34 pm
 

Mike Emrick leaves Devils broadcast booth

Mike Emrick is a superb announcer and that's rare today in any sport. He's unfailingly fair and loves the sport. He's not a homer, does his homework and shows a passion and love for the sport of hockey. Along with Gary Cohen who announces for the Mets on SNY, Emrick is someone I see as a complete professional and someone who adds to the game which is rare in today's sports announcing. Most detract from the game because they see themselves as part of or bigger than the sport.

I'm a Rangers fan and marvel at Emrick. The Rangers announcer Sam Rosen grates on me. He makes a myriad of mistakes and find his style way over-the-top. I truly wish the Rangers would replace him and that clown who is the color analyst. I never have seen Rosen as a student of the game and quite frankly he brings little/nothing to the telecast. I learn something new every time I listen to Mike. He knows his stuff and what's most important knows how to deliver information while allowing the flow of the game to dictate when to insert it. That's a pro. He respects the sport and the fan. He's true class.

I'm glad Mike is on NBC/Verses. The playoffs in hockey are the most special in all of sports and his voice adds to that. Unlike football and baseball where we get arrogant know-it-all's like Phil Simms and Joe Buck, Emrick adds to the excitement.



Since: Dec 11, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2011 5:13 pm
 

Mike Emrick leaves Devils broadcast booth

Reading everyone throwing out their favorite play by play guys I am surprised that no one is sending any love to Dave Strader!
I bought the Center Ice package one year just to hear him call games (and had to watch the Panthers).



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2011 3:39 pm
 

Mike Emrick leaves Devils broadcast booth

Doc is also a big-time Pittsburgh Pirates fan.


Just saying.






Since: Jul 27, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2011 2:30 pm
 

Mike Emrick leaves Devils broadcast booth

Doc is a very good announcer and it sux for the Devils fans but he will still be doing the national games and the playoffs. The announcer who I miss and think was the best was Gary Thorne hands down..I only get to hear him now on EA sports NHL 11



Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Mike Emrick leaves Devils broadcast booth

Long overdue.  The man is a credit to hockey, but he became the primary reason I couldn't watch or listen to the Devils.  First, he's a huge homer.  To listen to him, you would think the Devils get the short end of the officiating every night.  That might work in a 1-team city, but when your listener base includes Rangers, Islanders and maybe even Flyers fans, it just looks silly.  Secondly, the whole act of whoever he's paired with being such a spineless yes-man is irritating beyond belief.  "Oh, yes, Doc."  "You're sure right about that, Doc"  It sounds like the color commentator is being threatened at gun-point.  Third - the made-up words with no meaning.  How does a player "filter" a puck?  Finally - as many have pointed out - it's becoming obvious that his mouth works faster than his eyes and brain at this point.  It's like John Madden toward the end of his run on Monday Night Football or Keith Jackson toward the end of his college football announcing career.  Please retire, Doc!  Don't make us listen to you on national TV.



Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2011 1:38 pm
 

Mike Emrick leaves Devils broadcast booth

almost forgot.....every time I hear his voice I think of those horrible mid 90's 'foxtrax' games. one of many great gimmicks to come along in the very forgettable Bettman era- cant belive that didnt take off.........kinda like the Thrashers


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