Mike "Doc" Emrick, the lead play-by-play announcer for NBC's NHL coverage, won the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-By-Play, for the record-setting sixth straight year.
Emrick was honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at the 40th annual Sports Emmys in New York on Monday. He has won the play-by-play award in seven of the past nine years. His win in 2011 was the first national Emmy for a hockey broadcaster.
"It's always a shock because I didn't expect it," Emrick told NHL.com Tuesday. "At some point, especially when you consider the competition, the streak is going to end. Each time it is a shock when they call your name."
The 72-year-old has been calling professional hockey games since 1973. He received the Lester Patrick Award in 2004 and the Hockey Hall of Fame Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to hockey broadcasting in 2008.
Emrick is scheduled to call the Stanley Cup Final, beginning Monday when the Boston Bruins host the winner of the Western Conference Final. The St. Louis Blues lead the San Jose Sharks 3-2 and host Game 6 of the best-of-7 series Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS).
"It's a blessing to be chosen to work this deep into the playoffs," Emrick said. "Red Kelly was the first coach I ever met, and that was 50 years ago when I was reporting for a daily newspaper in Pittsburgh. [Kelly] talked about, whenever things are toughest for you, you can count on one hand the number of people there for you. And [analyst] Eddie [Olczyk] is one of those. Two others were there last night, [NBC Sports executive producer] Sam Flood and Lou Oppenheim [ICM Partners], who have been there through some difficult times for me, health-wise. Those things register with you.
"It does make you feel in awe that you're allowed to be there doing these games that are so meaningful to people."