‘Doc’ Emrick exorcizes Devils, lops off part of his NHL schedule

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Hockey Hall of Famer Mike “Doc” Emrick, coming up on his 65th birthday, said he will step aside from calling MSG Network TV games for the NHL’s New Jersey Devils after 21 years so that he can focus only on national games for NBC and Versus.

“I’ve been extremely fortunate to have been able to spend 23 incredible years with the MSG Network channels and 21 equally enjoyable years — including three Stanley Cup championships — with the New Jersey Devils,” Emrick said in a statement. “But that assurance of less travel and fewer games has regrettably led me to end my association with the MSG Network channels and the Devils.”

Emrick, who a Sports Emmy this year as TV’s top play-by-play announcer, was with the Devils through their Stanley Cup victories in 1995, 2000 and 2003, as well as a finals loss to Colorado in 2001.

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