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Kenny Albert to Replace Doc Emrick as NHL on NBC’s Lead Play-By-Play Announcer

Replacing Mike “Doc” Emrick will be no menial task, but NBC has tabbed Kenny Albert as their next lead NHL play-by-play announcer.

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It was a sad day in the hockey world when Mike “Doc” Emrick announced his retirement from broadcasting a few months back. Respected by all, Emrick was simply one of the best broadcasters in all of sports. Replacing him will be no small task, but NBC has pegged their man to take on the challenge.

Kenny, the son of legendary NBA broadcaster Marv Albert, has quite an impressive resume himself. He currently serves as the radio voice of the New York Rangers while handling national television broadcasts for NBC.

Albert also works for FOX, where he serves as a play-by-play announcer and field-level reporter for their Major League Baseball coverage.

In the past, Albert has worked in numerous roles. He previously served as the play-by-play voice for both the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards.

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Albert began announcing hockey for FOX during the 1990s before joining NBC’s NHL coverage in 2012. He filled in for Emrick for Game 1 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.

Versatility has been the biggest theme of Albert’s career. He has called boxing, college basketball and football, the NBA, NHL, MLB, and NFL. If that wasn’t enough, he has also called the Olympics.

In Chicago, Albert was known as the “Kiss of Death” after routinely calling numerous Bears and Blackhawks losses. However, the tides turned when Albert called a few games during the 2015 Western Conference Final, where the Blackhawks defeated the Anaheim Ducks in seven games.

Albert will call games with NBC’s Eddie Olczyk, who has held his role as a color analyst for more than a decade. Replacing a legend will be no menial task, but Albert is as equipped as anyone to take it on.


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Patrick is an avid Chicago sports fan. He is a Blackhawks season ticket holder. Blogging all things Bears, Blackhawks and White Sox, Chicago is well covered. Oh, and catch him talking and drinking on Four Feathers Podcast and Bears On Tap.

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