Not everyone appreciates Mike Emrick’s persona, but even those who don't prefer his delivery should respect and admire his knowledge of hockey and the English language.
Announcers often just stick to standards of jargon, but Emrick comes up with unique ways to describe the on-ice action.
It is true that numerous YouTubers have parodied him, and people have complained about him on Twitter, but Emrick is a top-notch broadcaster. He may get annoying at times but he is great at pacing a game and letting it breath.
When the intensity becomes passionate in the arena, Emrick allows the NBC mics do all the work, and he sits back to create an environment in which viewers at home feel like they are actually in the arena.
In the clip above there is over 40 seconds of time in which there is no commentary, and, if you pay attention, you will hear the audio slightly increase so Chelsea Dagger can be heard at it's optimal volume.
Emrick is still one of the best broadcasters in the business, and he is a legend of the industry.