Mike "Doc" Emrick was profiled on the latest edition of HBO's "Real Sports," and it's a really fantastic look at the voice of the NHL in the United States today.
There are a lot of hockey fans who dislike Doc Emrick -- be it because they simply prefer local commentators like Jim Jackson, or they find his voice annoying, or for whatever other reason.
I'm not one of those people. I've always loved listening to Doc call games, and frankly I don't want to imagine a world in which the 69-year-old is no longer doing so. The above interview only affirms that, running through his background from a small boy in Indiana, to his Ph.D that earned his nickname, to his big break in the NHL with the Flyers in the late 1980s.
Here's video of him calling a Flyers game on PRISM in 1990. Blast from the past.