Tuesday evening, Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick won his second consecutive Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-By-Play. Emrick, who is the lead commentator for NHL on NBC, became the first hockey broadcaster to win the award when he took home the 2010 trophy.
For the third time in his career, and second consecutive year, NBC commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick is taking home hardware as the sports world’s best play-by-play announcer.
At Tuesday’s awards, Emrick was honored with the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-By-Play, an award that has had such recipients as Joe Buck, Jim Nantz and Bob Costas. Other nominees for this year’s award included Costas (MLB Network), Mike Breen (ABC/ESPN), Ian Eagle (CBS/TNT) and Dan Hicks (NBC/Golf Channel).
Emrick, who has been the lead announcer on NHL on NBC since its inception and in previous incarnations such as NHL on Versus and NHL on OLN, was the first hockey broadcaster to win the award when he captured the trophy in 2011.
Best known for his wide use of vocabulary when calling a game — words such as geometrically, sashayed and waffle-boarded often find their way into Emrick’s calls over the course of a contest — Emrick has been calling NHL action since 1988 when he was part of the Philadelphia Flyers broadcast team.
Emrick called Flyers games until 1993, when he moved over to call New Jersey Devils games for MSG, a post he remained in until 2010-11. He stepped down in July 2011 to become the lead voice for NBC’s hockey broadcast.
“Devils fans, including myself, have had the great privilege to watch and listen to the talents of Mike Emrick for more than two decades,” New Jersey Devils president Lou Lamoriello said at the time. “Doc is a unique individual and the ultimate professional, both in and out of the broadcast booth.
“He is always well prepared, entertaining, insightful, and focused, not just for each and every game, but each and every player.”
The Sports Emmy nods aren’t the only honors Emrick has received as a hockey broadcaster. In 2004, he was awarded with the Lester Patrick Trophy for his contributions to hockey in the United States and in 2008, Emrick was honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his contributions to hockey broadcasting.