Over the summer, I talked about how hockey fans in the United States got their “hockey fix” during the Olympics by listening to NHL on NBC play-by-play announcer Mike “Doc” Emrick call water polo matches. Well, during the NHL lockout, the “voice of hockey” had a lot of time on his hands. Besides calling the occasional college hockey game for NBC Sports Network, Doc did something different in October. He called the 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America, an ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating event, for NBC. Here’s a sample of Doc calling the free dance of 2010 Olympic Silver Medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White:
Well, since the Pro Bowl is gonna be held on January 27, and there’s no NHL on NBC Game of the Week that week, Doc will call the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships alongside Scott Hamilton, Sandra Bezic, and Tracy Wilson live on NBC that weekend from the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. There’s no waffleboarding in figure skating, but there is careening in a triple axel or a driiiive on a quad toe loop. Hey, it’s not like the worlds of hockey and figure skating come crashing together constantly. Look: in Canada the show “Battle of the Blades” was once a big primetime hit, and Barb Underhill also teaches hockey players to skate better. Still, on that weekend, you just might see how versatile Doc Emrick’s voice is outside of the hockey rink.