– Mike 'Doc' Emrick, who is synonymous with hockey broadcasting, has reached another milestone in his legendary career. Emrick is calling his 3,000th professional men’s hockey game tonight on Versus, a Stanley Cup Final rematch between the Red Wings and Penguins at Joe Louis Arena.
As a Michigander, Emrick couldn’t be happier that his milestone will be in Hockeytown, because about 40 of his friends and relatives, including his veterinarian and his accountant, will get to celebrate the achievement with him in person.
"It just worked out that way," said Emrick, who lives with his wife, Joyce, in St. Clair, Michigan, which is northeast of Detroit. "I told my wife about 10 days ago, we planned this day last summer. And I thought, it’s going to be give-or-take, it’s going to be around 3,000 when the game is held, but it came right out on and you never would have thought that. It’ll be kind of a special night.
"We have a couple of relatives flying out for it and then everybody else is in the area. It’ll be nice to have 40 of them all in one place."
The number of pro games that he has broadcast is about the equivalent of some 36 ½ NHL seasons — certainly a milestone that most announcers can only dream of reaching.
But Emrick counts himself lucky that he made it over a thousand, especially after a bout with cancer 19 years ago. Although he said Monday will be more about the world-class players that will be on the ice than his own personal accomplishments, it’s still going to be quite a memorable night for him.
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