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Emrick to be inducted into Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame

Lead play-by-play announcer for 'NHL on NBC' has called 14 Stanley Cup Finals

by Mike Battaglino / Staff Writer

Mike "Doc" Emrick, the lead play-by-play announcer for the "NHL on NBC," will be inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in December.

The 73-year-old has been involved with hockey broadcasts for 46 years and has called the Stanley Cup Final 14 times. He is among 10 people who will be inducted at a ceremony Dec. 17.

Emrick has won the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-By-Play, for a record-setting six straight years, and seven of the past nine. He was the first hockey broadcaster to receive the award.

"Each time it makes you in awe," Emrick said May 21. "You look at the crowd with all those network execs, many of whom hired you at various places. You realize how long you've been blessed to have a career, especially after cancer. So it does sort of grab you at that point."

Emrick was diagnosed with stage 1 prostate cancer in 1991 and has been cancer-free for more than 25 years.

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.

The other inductees are Steve Anderson, Mary Ellen Carlyle, Bud Collins, Bob Fishman, Bob Ley, Jerry Gepner, Roger Penske, Doug Wilson and Ken Woo.

"Each of this year's inductees exemplifies the leadership, vision and professionalism that make the sports TV and production community so important to the rest of the sports industry," Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame chairman Ken Aagaard said. "And celebrating their achievements later this year in New York City will once again be a highlight of the year for all who attend."

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was inducted in 2018. There will be 115 inductees in the hall of fame.

Emrick was inducted into the National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame in June.

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