I’m not a hockey fan and about the only time I watch a game is during the playoffs. But when I do decide to watch, the primary reason is to hear Doc call a game. If there were a Mount Rushmore for sports announcers, he would be on it along side Vin Scully and Keith Jackson.Perhaps the best play-by-play announcer of all time:
And "feathered," one of my favorites, didn't make the list that night. Enjoy the next stage, Doc - you made this language-loving hockey fan smile many times.I loved Doc. His use of language was sublime. I seem to recall someone a year or two ago posting a clip, roughly 10 minutes long, with him using about 117 different words for pass. It was quite brilliant. Like Doc.
Found this link: 153 terms for "passed" in one game.
In his defense, in the playoffs this year, he was calling the games off a monitor instead of from the press booth and he did make more errors than normal.Definitely time, he started confusing players this year which I had not heard him do too often. He reminds my too much of the awful to watch mid 90's Devils teams but he was a great one.
He went to the Flyers straight from the Maine Mariners, the Flyers' AHL affiliate at the time. I used to listen to Doc call the Mariners' games on the radio (the radio had an 8-track player in it!) in the late 70s, which is when I first started following hockey. Dale Arnold got the job after Doc left for Philly.He started covering NHL and the Penguins as a sports writer for the Beaver County Times in 1970. Two early stints with the Flyers.
When Doc and Brick did the occasional game together, it was pure bliss.Great voice, amazing goal call, his PBP flows remarkably well in a sport that demands it, and his voice has the natural air of gravitas needed in any elite announcer while also containing the sheer manic energy required to heighten an NHL playoff game even beyond its inherent insanity. When I think of a loose puck around the net in playoff OT, Doc is the voice that I hear in my head.
And maybe it just sticks out even more in comparison to booth mate Eddie O, but it's also worth mentioning that Doc might be the best in the business (all sports) at being totally impartial in his call of any given matchup. He was all about the action, and on top of that you never had to stop and wonder as you do with some prominent basketball announcers, for example, why the hell the announcers are spending 20 minutes talking about a bad restaurant experience or something of equal value.
Another thing he invented I think was a player being "wedged off" when a defender made him change his direction. Good announcer and seems like a good guy.I'd love it if they brought him back for one playoff game where every single time a player moved the puck from one place to another without putting it on goal, he called it a "pass."
I also would love his poetic euphemisms for scrums. Descriptions like "and now the players are discussing dinner plans in front of the net." (not an exact quote, just the essense of one of his)Another thing he invented I think was a player being "wedged off" when a defender made him change his direction. Good announcer and seems like a good guy.