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Mike (Doc) Emrick stepping down as the voice of the New Jersey Devils after 21 years

NEWARK, N.J. - Mike (Doc) Emrick is stepping down as the voice of the New Jersey Devils after 21 years.

The soon-to-be 65-year-old Emrick announced oThursday that he is leaving MSG Network and the Devils, but will work a reduced schedule with his national contract for NBC and Versus.

"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," Emrick said in a statement. "But that assurance of less travel and fewer games has regrettably led me to end my association with the MSG Network channels and the Devils."

The NHL and USA Hockey gave Emrick the Lester Patrick Trophy in 2004 for outstanding service to hockey in the United States. The Hockey Hall of Fame honoured him in 2008 with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to hockey broadcasting.