As we move through summer and closer to training camps opening and with the announcement that Mike Emrick is stepping down as the play-by-play voice of the New Jersey Devils, after 21 seasons, I wanted to share some of the people who are renowned for having the best voices to call the game.
Here’s a montage clip of Mike “Doc” Emrick and his unique calls for hockey.
Danny Gallivan, the English voice of Montreal Canadian’s hockey, was one of the greatest hockey voices of all time. Listen to his call of the Canadians vs. NY Islanders Game 6 of the 1984 Finals.
Join me after the jump to hear other great hockey voices
The Buffalo Sabres‘ announcer, Rick Jeanneret, has some classic calls. Have a listen to a Top-10 list
But the person I listened to for years while I grew up and as a young adult was Dan Kelly. Whether it was Hockey Night in Canada, the St. Louis Blues broadcasts, or the NHL game of the week from the States, his “he shoots, he scores,” is famous.
Here is a clip of Kelly calling the USSR vs. Canada from the 1987 Canada Cup. The series was thrilling and listening to Kelly’s call made it even better.