The following includes a series of stories about Mike Emrick told by both broadcasting colleagues as well as Devils fans.
MATT LOUGHLIN, DEVILS RADIO PLAY-BY-PLAY BROADCASTER:
* LAUGHS: "'Fun' is the keyword. Doc has a delightful sense of humor. He loves to laugh and, because of that, there always was a 'lightness' around our broadcasting of games. Devils hockey always was fun and Doc loved it AND encouraged it."
* 2000 CUP FINAL: "I'm looking at a photo of The Cup. It's me and MSG guys -- You, Mark Balk, Roland Dratch, Larry Gaines, Rick Minch, and Doc -- surrounding it with huge smiles on our faces. How lucky we were. And how fortunate it was that, while our broadcast coverage ended in the first round, we all got to follow Devils throughout their run by doing post-game shows from wherever they played. And how serendipitous it was to be with Doc throughout the entire Final against Dallas. And how magical it was to be able to share that championship moment together."
* THE LONG FLAMAN INTERVIEW: The rule for the sideline reporter is to be brief. Doc's preference was that I follow that rule. But one night I interviewed Devils scout and Hall of Fame defenseman Fernie Flaman. Now Fernie is telling one great story after another. He was wonderful but he never took a breath. Meanwhile, I'm holding my breath that no one scores. (Which the Devils did.) And Fernie casually announced, 'Oh, the Devils just scored there.' And kept going. And after I finally sent it back to Doc, I thought I was going to hear about it. Instead, Doc just laughed at it all, delighted to hear Fernie's stories, and recognized that the viewers probably enjoyed them as much. Doc realized that the game is the thing. But some things are more interesting than the game. He got/gets it."
* BREAKFAST DETAIL WITH DOC: "It's December 31, 1999, and my entire family comes with me to Boston as the Devils have a night game with the Bruins the next day. In the morning the Loughlin clan heads downstairs for the breakfast buffet. Doc is there and joins us. My youngest son, Liam, is about to fill his bowl with cereal when Doc notices that there's a bit of schmutz on the bowl. He quickly pulls the bowl away and runs up to the front of the line to get Liam a new one. We talk about it to this day. The point is the great ones don't miss a thing!"