Mike 'Doc' Emrick (Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick has taken home his third-consecutive Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-By-Play. Emrick got told of his Emmy victory mid-game during Game 6 by color analyst Eddie Olcyzk, and the 69-year-old broadcaster was genuinely shocked.
After finessing himself into a spot among the nominees for a Sports Emmy, Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick has waffleboarded aside the competition to take home the Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-By-Play.
The win was the third consecutive for Emrick, 69, and the fourth time he’s taken home the award in the past six years. The veteran broadcaster took home the award for his work with NBC and NBCSN as their lead play-by-play broadcaster, and he did so swaggering on by fellow nominees Al Michaels, Kenny Albert, Kevin Burkhardt and Marv Albert. The 2015 nomination was the ninth-consecutive year Emrick was up for the honor.
Emrick found out about his win in spectacular fashion, too. On play-by-play duty for Tuesday’s Game 6 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, Emrick’s frequent color analyst, Eddie Olczyk, informed ‘Doc’ that he had taken home the honor. Emrick looked genuinely shocked by the announcement, but immediately wanted to get back to calling Game 6:
The 2015-16 season officially marks the 40th season Emrick has been a hockey broadcaster and 33rd covering the NHL. His unique broadcast style, including his always-entertaining verbiage, has made him one of the most recognizable voices not just in hockey, but all of sports.
Emrick is the only hockey broadcaster to ever win the award, and his third Sports Emmy is another piece of hardware for Emrick to add to his ever-growing trophy case. He is one of only three play-by-play personalities to win the award at least four times. Only Joe Buck (seven wins) and Al Michaels (five wins) have more Emmys to their name for their play-by-play. Emrick’s ninth nomination is the third-most in the award’s history, again behind only Buck and Michaels.
Before the 2015-16 season began, Emrick was awarded the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting for his work over the past four decades in hockey, 21 of which were spent being the lead broadcaster for the New Jersey Devils. He became the full-time play-by-play voice of NHL on NBC in 2011. Beyond his work on TV, Emrick is also known as the play-by-play voice of EA Sports’ NHL video game series.