The Happy Recap: In Which We Hyperventilate About a World Without Doc Emrick

The Happy Recap, a phrase we stole from legendary Mets announcer Bob Murphy, is now a new daily (!) feature at Puck the Media, where we recap our day, and talk about a subject that we enjoy talking about.  This one’s for us, but we hope you’ll enjoy it too.

We love Doc Emrick, yada yada yada, childhood memories.  Anyway, we found a pretty revealing interview with the doctor in, of all places, a small Indiana newspaper.  As many know, Doc grew up in Indiana.  Here’s what he told them, on his future:

“I still enjoy it and I have an understanding wife who allows me to keep doing it,” Emrick said on his cell phone as he was driving to the minor league game. “I’m going to keep going year-to-year. My contract (with Versus and MSG) runs out in two years, and then I’ll see how I feel about it.”

That’s right, Doc’s contract is up at the end of the 2009-10 season (and what we will soon dub The Greatest.  Hockey.  Year.  Ever.  But that’s later on).  That’s kinda’ scary to a lifelong Devils fan, and just a hockey fan in general.  We’re sure Doc won’t want to give it up that soon, but it does make us think.  Who would replace Doc at this point?  There really isn’t anyone waiting in the wings that really stands out.  So we ask you, the reader: Who’s ready to be the NHL’s #1 play-by-play man?  We’re interested to hear what you have to think.  Let us know, we’ll post some responses tomorrow.  Our simple name suggestions are below.  That, plus the day in “Puck the Media”, are after the jump.


  • Joe Beninati (He’s #2 at VERSUS, why not promote from within?)
  • Dave Strader (Has done big national games before on the network level)
  • Chris Cuthbert (Just for the hockey purist)
  • John Buccigross (Has done some play-by-play on college games, and he’s a name people know)


What We Did Today (aka Gratuitous Self-Linkage):



Enjoy your hockey evening, and we’ll talk to you tomorrow.  For now, here’s some catching up on Jack Edwards action, from last week against the Panthers:


2 Responses to The Happy Recap: In Which We Hyperventilate About a World Without Doc Emrick

  1. Yeah, you already know who I’m going to suggest for new voice of the NHL.

    Yup, that’s right. It’s the only announcer that warrants his own video in this post. If that isn’t proof enough, I don’t know what is.

    “Heh heh, I wasn’t hallucinating.”
    “One man short-handed wrecking crew”
    “4-2, 3 in a row, 8 out of 9, 11-1-1 in their last 13.” Nice stats, Jack.

    No, seriously, he’s on Versus sometimes. Why not?

  2. Bryan says:

    We need Gary Thorne back! If he can ever get out of his deal with the devil that is ESPN, I’d welcome him back with open arms.

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