On February 24, 2012, Mike “Doc” Emrick, returned home so that the Devils organization could show him appreciation for his outstanding work in his 21 years of broadcasting for us. But, the media, his co-hosts, and the Devils weren’t the only ones out in force to honor Doc for his hard work, dedication, and all the memorable “Doc-isms” those of us watching from home have come to know and love. The fans also went above and beyond to let Doc know just how much we miss him and admire him.
Many members of the Devils Army showed up with home made signs (myself included) with special messages welcoming Doc home, telling him how much we love him and miss him. I spotted a great sign that read, “For those about to Doc, we salute you!”
In addition, back in the beginning of February, we called for all of the fans to help us “Doc-Out The Rock” and show up with Doc Masks to show support. And show up they did! During one of the many meet and greets that we’ve been hosting during first intermission by the Digital Zone, a large group of fans all congregated with Doc Masks at the ready! Thanks to our twitter follower and fellow passionate fan, Dan Dobrzelecki, we have this awesome group photo for the blog!
Mike “Doc” Emrick was the New Jersey Devils play-by-play guy for 21 years before he stepped down last summer. His voice was synonymous with the Devils and we were all sad to see him go. Starting this season, he has been calling games for NBC/Versus full time and while we still get to hear him cover a few Devils games now and then, it just isn’t the same.
But, we’ve got some good news – Doc is coming back on Friday the 24th and the Devils will be honoring him before the start of the game against Vancouver. If you don’t already have your tickets, I’d suggest you get them now. We have a great idea to show Doc – and everyone else watching – that we miss having him around the Prudential Center. We want to have a Doc-Out and we need you to help! It’s pretty simple, here’s what you need to do.
1. Click on Doc below, download the mask from Mediafire and print it out.
2. You can either tape a popsicle stick to the back and hold it up in front of your face. Or, tie some string to either side of Doc’s glasses, snug enough to stay above your ears and around your head, to make your mask hands free. Cutting out some eyes wouldn’t be a bad idea either.
See, easy. Get your masks ready and help us show Doc how much he means to the Devils Army by helping us create a Doc-Out!