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Doc Emrick Leaving Devils Booth To Focus Solely On NBC/Versus
Published July 22, 2011
HARD TO SAY GOODBYE: In N.Y., Raissman & Ackert cited sources as saying that Emrick "will likely be replaced" as the Devils' lead announcer by Steve Cangialosi. The Devils' pre- and postgame host, Cangialosi "had served as Emrick's backup since 2006" (NYDAILYNEWS.com, 7/21). ESPN N.Y.'s Mazzeo wrote under the header, "Emrick's Departure Leaves Massive Void." Emrick has been a "staple in New Jersey for more than two decades," and Devils fans "grew up with Emrick in their living rooms, and later, on their computers." Mazzeo: "He was a New Jersey institution, synonymous with Devils hockey. ... Emrick isn't retiring. Devils fans will still be able to listen to him on NBC and Versus. But the fact is, he's impossible to replace" (ESPNNY.com, 7/21). In Newark, Mike Vorkunov wrote, "Two years ago, the Devils held Doc Emrick Night at the Prudential Center, honoring the man whose voice had chronicled two decades of action and three Stanley Cup championships. He had become as much as part of the organization as its narrator. That will no longer be the case" (NJ.com, 7/21).