'Doc' Emrick leaving Devils' broadcast booth

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, Last Updated: 4:54 PM ET

NEWARK, N.J. - After 21 years as the voice of the New Jersey Devils, Mike "Doc" Emrick is stepping down from the booth.

Emrick's contract with Madison Square Garden Network had expired this past spring and he reached his decision on Thursday to step down as the voice of the team that won three Stanley Cups during his tenure.

"Devils' fans, including myself, have had the great privilege to watch and listen to the talents of Mike Emrick for more than two decades," said New Jersey president and general manager Lou Lamoriello. "Doc is a unique individual and the ultimate professional, both in and out of the broadcast booth."

Nearly 65, Emrick will still be calling hockey games, as his national contract for NBC and Versus will see him work a reduced schedule.

"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," said Emrick in a press release. "However, considering the long-term significance of this decision, I was able to construct a lighter regular season-schedule and the usual complement of Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final games for NBC and Versus."

He won a Sports Emmy this year as TV's top play-by-play announcer and was honored with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award by the Hockey Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions to hockey broadcasting in 2008.


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