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Off Mike
Off Mike

Off Mike

How a Kid from Basketball-Crazy Indiana Became America's NHL Voice
By Mike Emrick, By Kevin Allen, Foreword by Eddie Olczyk

SPORTS & RECREATION

256 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

Cloth, $28.00 (US $28.00) (CA $38.00)

ISBN 9781629378039

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Oct 2020)

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Overview

Mike "Doc" Emrick's voice is synonymous with hockey in America
Millions of fans have enjoyed his infectious enthusiasm, insight, and storytelling on regular television broadcasts, through moments of triumph and defeat. Now, in this striking autobiography, the longtime broadcaster takes fans behind the mic as only he can. Emrick's love for hockey is obvious to anyone who's heard him call a game, and it's multi-layered. Tradition. The Stanley Cup chase. Suspense. Passion. Teamwork. History. Handshakes. An endless list. Yet it's the people he treasures most of all, and Doc has more than his fair share of stories from countless interactions—more than he's even been able to tell during four decades in the broadcast booth. Through both his early life and his unparalleled career, readers will meet the full cast of characters who have made their mark on the man who's voice has defined the hockey experience for so many. Equal parts riveting and hilarious, this memoir gives fans a rare seat alongside Emrick and serves as a profound ode to the sport of hockey.

Reviews

"I was lucky enough to do the foreword in Doc's book Off Mike: How a Kid from Basketball-Crazy Indiana Became America's NHL Voice, with Kevin Allen, and I wrote that the greatest compliment Doc ever gave me was, 'I hope that when Eddie Olczyk is 65, he has someone who takes care of him as well as he's taken care of me' That means a lot." —Eddie Olczyk, NHL.com

"Such details endeared him to avid fans of the sport at the same time his enthusiastic, cleverly worded calls engaged casual ones." —Neil Best, Newsday 

Author Biography

Mike Emrick is an Emmy Award-winning television play-by-play commentator for NHL on NBC. "Doc" has been a sportscaster since 1973, calling a variety of sports and several Olympics. Kevin Allen spent 34 seasons as USA Today's hockey beat writer. He has written several books about hockey and co-authored books by Chris Chelios, Jeremy Roenick, Darren McCarty, and Stu Grimson.

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Off Mike:

How a Kid from Basketball-Crazy Indiana Became America's NHL Voice

By Mike Emrick with Kevin Allen / Foreword by Eddie Olczyk

 

Contact: Bill Ames, Triumph Books, 312.676.4256, b.ames@triumphbooks.com

 

One of the most recognizable voices in sports, Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Mike “Doc” Emrick has been behind the microphone for some of the most memorable games in NHL history. Emrick’s career began as a radio/TV broadcaster and public relations director to the Port Huron Flags. When he was handed his first “media credential” pass, Emrick was given free admission to his first game and seat in the press box. He had a privilege to speak with athletes, coaches, and management, and took on that privilege with great responsibility. He embraced the satisfaction of being able to share what he learned from those interviews, dedicating himself to a career in which he could serve as a fair and honest conduit between team and fan.

 

Now in his 47th year covering professional hockey, Emrick shares his complete story in this striking autobiography Off Mike: How a Kid from Basketball-Crazy Indiana Became America's NHL Voice (Triumph Books, October 2020). Emrick has worked on 40 consecutive Stanley Cup Playoffs, 20 Stanley Cup Finals series, and 12 NHL All-Star Games. In December 2011, Emrick was one of five individuals, and the first-ever broadcaster, inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. Emrick has also served on the selection committees for the Hockey Hall of Fame and U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame and has been vice president of the NHL Broadcasters Association since 1985. His voice was also heard during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games gold-medal men's hockey contest, which was the most watched hockey games in America in 30 years.

 

Through both Emrick’s early life and his unparalleled career, readers will meet the full cast of characters who have made their mark on the man whose voice has defined the hockey experience for so many in Off Mike. Highlights include:

 

  • Foreword by Eddie Olczyk, an award-winning television commentator on NBC’s coverage of the NHL and for the Chicago Blackhawks. He played 16 seasons in the NHL and was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012
  • Insight on his friendships with some of the most influential people in the NHL, including Bill Clement, Peter McNab, Glenn “Chico” Resch and other fan favorites
  • Behind-the-scene-moments in the biggest games in hockey, from an interview with Wayne Gretzky during the 41st NHL All-Star Game to the 1998 Olympics, where the American women win the first set of gold medals ever presented in women’s hockey
  • Growing up in LaFontaine, Indiana and how his upbringing shaped his identity and how he found his love for hockey in a basketball-crazed state

 

Equal parts riveting and hilarious, Off Mike: How a Kid from Basketball-Crazy Indiana Became America’s NHL Voice gives fans a rare seat alongside Emrick and serves as a profound ode to the sport of hockey.

 

About the Authors:

Mike Emrick is an Emmy Award-winning television play-by-play commentator for NHL on NBC. "Doc" has been a sportscaster since 1973, calling a variety of sports and several Olympics.

 

Kevin Allen spent 34 seasons as USA Today's hockey beat writer. He has written several books about hockey and co-authored books by Chris Chelios, Jeremy Roenick, Darren McCarty, and Stu Grimson.

 

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