Congratulations to @passedpawn and his Bolts on their Stanley Cup victory to end this disjointed season. 2020 has been a trying year for all. So, it only seems fitting that we will lose a man who I consider to be the voice of my generation, Doc Emrick, as he has announced his retirement yesterday afternoon.
I was listening to my Dad and Grandfather talking one day; reminiscing over the times they enjoyed listening to their favorite Football broadcaster after his passing. I remember thinking to myself how strange it was that they had never met this man, probably couldn't pick him out of a lineup and yet here are two grown men mourning the loss of a stranger. Little did I know that he wasn't a stranger to them.
Fortunately for all of the hockey community Doc Emrick is healthy and among us. But, I am deeply saddened to see him go; knowing I won't get to hear his cheerful voice, warm greetings and precise play-by-play calling any longer. His ability to reach into his bag of synonyms and adjectives, manipulate the English language and paint a picture so vividly you could nearly feel every hit while never skipping a beat can not be topped.
To me he was the voice of hockey and the game will not be the same without him. I want to wish him all the best in his new endeavors as well as a long, happy, healthy life for the rest of his time.
I'll be drinking a pint at 7:07pm tomorrow night in honor of Doc Emrick and all that he has done for the community. Cheers!