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Islanders: Best Calls From Doc Emrick

By Matt O'Leary
NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 24: Glenn 'Chico' Resch (C) is honored by the New Jersey Devils prior to the game against the Dallas Stars and is joined by his wife Diane (L) and broadcaster Mike (Doc) Emrick (R) at the Prudential Center on October 24, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 24: Glenn 'Chico' Resch (C) is honored by the New Jersey Devils prior to the game against the Dallas Stars and is joined by his wife Diane (L) and broadcaster Mike (Doc) Emrick (R) at the Prudential Center on October 24, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Doc Emrick is putting away the microphone and retiring. Today, we’ll look at my favorite Islanders calls that he made.

Legendary broadcaster, Mike “Doc” Emrick is calling it a career. His career started in 1973 when he started to do play by play and public relations for the Port Huron Flags. He would move to the AHL shortly after before making the jump to the NHL in 1982-1983.

After a brief stint with the Flyers in the mid-1980s he returned to New Jersey in 1993 and continued to be their voice through 2011 when he went National full time. From 2011 through the 2020 season he was the lead on NBC.

He’s truly had a tremendous career and he will be missed in the hockey community. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite calls that he’s made for the Islanders:

John Tavares OT Winner

Yes, I know talking about John Tavares is controversial but this was an awesome moment and a great call. I was at the game live so I didn’t get to hear the call as it happened but this is to this day one of my favorite calls from an Islanders game.

“Pitched aside by Holtby” it’s the little adjectives that made Doc, Doc. The “Score!” and the roar of the crowd does it for me still.

Jordan Eberle OT Winner Game 5

Double overtime games are dramatic enough to begin with but in an elimination game? My goodness, as Emrick would say. The moment was well needed for Eberle who was struggling at this point in the series and Doc did it justice.

Unfortunately, the Islanders couldn’t get another Emrick classic in their favor for Game 6 but it was a good fight for sure.

Anders Lee Game Winner vs Pittsburgh

This time we go to a regular-season game from the 2016-2017 season. It was in the midst of Anders Lee turning into an absolute stud goal scorer and this was a huge win for the Islanders at the time against a division rival.

Shoutout to the Barclays crowd who was good that night also. The 2016-2017 Islanders were pretty forgettable but this moment always stands out to me from that season.

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Thanks for everything, Doc! Enjoy your well-deserved retirement. I will certainly miss the “waffle boarded away’s” and other catchphrases we’ve been so accustomed to.

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