Vegas Golden Knights had a short but sweet relationship with legendary Doc Emrick

Mike "Doc" Emrick takes part in the Scott Niedermayer jersey retirement ceremony by the New Jersey Devils. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Mike "Doc" Emrick takes part in the Scott Niedermayer jersey retirement ceremony by the New Jersey Devils. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

It was a short but sweet relationship between Doc Emrick and the Vegas Golden Knights.

It was a sad day for Vegas Golden Knights and NHL fans on Monday after the legendary Mike “Doc” Emrick announced his retirement, opting to hang up his microphone following an outstanding career.

Starting his broadcasting career in 1973, Doc’s legendary career spanned 40 years, nearly 4,000 games and 22 Stanley Cup Finals, including this year’s which saw the Tampa Bay Lightning lift the greatest prize in all of sports.

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Boasting 47, yes 47, seasons of professional hockey, 45 Game 7s and a member of seven Hall of Fames, Doc was truly a master of his craft and there will never be another Mike Emrick.

Everyone’s favorite hockey broadcaster, Doc was known for his rich storytelling and his ability to make even the most simple of plays sound incredibly exciting and crucial.

Also known for chucking in a barrage of verbs into his play-by-play, Doc transported hockey fans to a different universe and was a comforting voice to many.

He was certainly an inspiration to me as someone who has long strived to cover hockey in America, and Doc Emrick will go down as one of the best to have ever done it.

When it comes to the Golden Knights, fans of the NHL’s 31st franchise will have both fond and not so sweet memories of Emrick calling games in Sin City.

As he always did, Emrick took center stage during the postseason and he was at the heart of all the drama in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.

Providing the perfect backdrop to what was a compelling battle between an expansion franchise looking to create history in their inaugural year and a Washington Capitals team trying to slay their postseason demons, Emrick had some great calls in that series.

Like this one in Game One after Tomas Nosek had buried a sublime pass from Shea Theodore to give the Golden Knights a 5-4 lead in the Third Period of Game One.

It was a typical, great and passionate call from Doc, who clearly enjoyed being part of the history that was created by the Golden Knights that year.

However, Doc also had the call that will still strike fear into the hearts of all Golden Knights fans even to this day.

We are of course talking about THAT save from Braden Holtby in Game 2, with the Capitals goalie somehow, someway thrusting the paddle of his stick out to absolutely rob Alex Tuch and change the momentum of the whole series.

Not only was it a huge moment in Game 2 and the Stanley Cup Final, but it was also another iconic call from Doc who perfectly captured just how historic that series was between the Golden Knights and the Capitals in 2017-18.

Just listen to both of those calls and allow yourself to be truly enchanted by Doc, who just had that magic touch when it came to truly capturing the moment and adding even more grandeur to it.

Those shouts of “waffle-boarded away” perhaps best sum up Doc for his ability to spruce up any play, and he will be truly missed by the hockey family.

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So, on behalf of all Vegas Golden Knights fans, thank you for everything, Doc, and Happy Retirement!

You and your sensational and iconic calls will be missed.