After Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals ended last night, commentators Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk had remained quiet for most of the celebration as the Los Angeles Kings had won their first ever Stanley Cup.
They let the crowd attribute for most of the sound on my television until Martin Brodeur and Jonathan Quick embraced each other, shook hands and then hugged again. Emrick then broke the broadcasting silence by simply saying the phrase, "This is why I love hockey." Me too, Doc.
Emrick's line got me thinking about how it was the end of a long and tough season for announcers, too, as broadcasting a hockey game is hands-down much more difficult to do than any of the other "big four" American sports. The fast pace of the game and the uncertainty that anything can happen at any moment requires announcers to be alert and attentive of what's going on at all times.
Let's take a look at those who do their job best.
Remember, this is about current commentators on television, not radio broadcasts; don't complain about Gary Thorne and Mike Lange not being on here.