Mike Emrick Wins the NHL’s First Ever Sports Play-by-Play Emmy

I’m fully aware that it’s often a target of parody for this blog, but Mike Emrick remains my favorite hockey play-by-play man of all time an, other than my parents and Martin Brodeur, likely the person most responsible for my hockey fandom.

So it’s with great pleasure that the first item of the day is an announcement that Emrick received his first ever National Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality – Play-by-Play at the awards ceremony in New York City last night. Emrick was victorious for his work with NBC over Joe Buck, Jim Nantz, Bob Costas, Al Michaels and Verne Lundqvist. Those are the heavy hitters, and it was reported over Twitter by attendees of the event that Doc received a standing ovation from those in attendance.

Hockey has a bit of a checkered history with the major awards. Of the big trophies given out, hockey has only won once – 1994’s Stanley Cup Final winning ESPN Outstanding Sports Special – and though promos have won some minor awards in recent years, this seems like big news, that a hockey play-by-play man beat out all those names.

Here’s NBC’s press release:

NEW YORK – May 2, 2011 – The NBC Sports Group won nine Sports Emmy Awards, the most of any network, including five for its coverage of the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games; “Sunday Night Football” won its third consecutive award for Outstanding Live Sports Series; Bob Costas, Cris Collinsworth and Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick were all honored in their respective categories; and “Sunday Night Football” play-by-play voice Al Michaels was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award tonight at the 32nd Annual Sports Emmy Awards, presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Michaels, who has served as the play-by-play voice for the NFL’s premier primetime package for 25 years (“Sunday Night Football” 2006-2010, “Monday Night Football” 1986-2005), was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by his “Sunday Night Football” colleague Cris Collinsworth and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

“No one has more appreciation, no one has contributed more to the growth of our game in the last 25 years than Al Michaels,” said Jones. “If it’s on Sunday Night Football, I know there’s going to be one professional who can do it as well as it can be done.”

“There have been some really tremendous figures who have received this award, but there’s never been anyone who has been better at his craft than Al is at play by play,” said Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Sports Group.

NBC’s coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games won five Emmy Awards in the following categories:

Outstanding Open/Tease

Outstanding Technical Team Studio

Outstanding Graphic Design

Outstanding New Approaches Sports Programming

Outstanding New Approaches Sports Programming-Short Format

For the third consecutive year, NBC Sports won Outstanding Live Sports Series for “Sunday Night Football.” NBC Sports has now won the award in four of the last five years, also winning in 2007 for its NASCAR coverage.

Bob Costas was awarded his 22nd career Emmy and third consecutive for Outstanding Sports Personality-Studio Host. Costas hosted NBC’s Vancouver Winter Olympic coverage as well as the network’s NFL studio program, “Football Night in America.” He won the Emmy in the same category for his work at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games.

Cris Collinsworth was awarded his third consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality-Sports Event Analyst. It was Collinsworth’s 12th career Emmy, which includes wins in 2007 and 2008 in the Studio Analyst category for work on NBC’s “Football Night in America.”

Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, The Voice of NBC’s NHL and Olympic hockey coverage, won his first career Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality-Play-by-Play.

The NHL also saw itself a part of one other winner last night. 24/7: Penguins/Capitals – Road to the Winter Classic won Outstanding Edited Sports Special. Congratulations to the folks from HBO, for putting together a fantastic display of everything that is terrific about hockey. And congrats, of course, to Doc, for being one of those things that is so great about hockey. Glad to see it get recognized outside of our little world here.


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8 Responses to Mike Emrick Wins the NHL’s First Ever Sports Play-by-Play Emmy

  1. Arthur says:

    There are only a few really special pxp anouncers that have come along in the NHL in the last 20 years or so. Dan Kelly’s voice is all over those great 1987 Canada Cup games, Thorne and Clement were the voices of every significant Stanley Cup Final game in the 90’s and first half of the last decade.
    Doc Emrick has been the gold standard of the league for several years now. His calls are original, colorful and very descriptive. What more can you ask for? Throw in the fact that he is by far the nicest person in the game and it is easy to see why he got a standing ovation at the ceremonies last night. Way to go Doc.

  2. benson says:

    What Arthur said. But also, what jumps out at me is the pure joy you hear in Doc Emrick’s voice when he’s calling a game. Bravo, Doc.

  3. kevin says:

    What…nothing for Jack Edwards????

  4. Stephen says:

    You deserve it Doc. Don’t give me wrong, Gary Thorne was cool and all, but Mike Emrick was a great announcer in the past years. Congrats Doc.

  5. kevin says:

    Dan Kelly and Fred Cusick…no one else is close

  6. E says:

    I agree with Kevin.
    however, I would like to include Jiggs McDonald as one of the great hockey announcers.

  7. dyhrdmet says:

    I think I echo your sentiment with Doc being responsible for you being a hockey fan. He is the best. I think at one time, I likened him to Vin Scully with his delivery and stories. And he’s simply the best when it comes to calling non-stop action over the final minute of a 1 goal or tie game (think about how intense that action would be). If memory serves me correctly (and I think this is correct, since I remember being part of the ovation in the arena when it was noted), Doc also won for best play-by-play in New York this year (beating out other announcers who easily could be nominees for the national award too). That’s obviously great for Doc to win these, but it’s great for the sport of hockey too.

  8. Dave Sullivan says:

    For my money, Mike Emrick is the best national pxp in the NHL and has been for some time. And I would say he’s second to none among the national announcers in all sports.

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