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PHT Morning Skate: Where Zach Parise doesn’t worry about chemistry

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

After the Devils acquired Marek Zidlicky yesterday in a deal that saw them give up three players to do it, Zach Parise says chemistry won’t be a problem for the team. (Star-Ledger)

It’s looking like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will be back in the lineup for the Oilers this afternoon. A fun team that gets to be even more fun? We’ll take it. (Edmonton Journal)

Remember when Flames GM Jay Feaster was threatening to trade everyone before the deadline if they didn’t shape up? Yeah, he’s backing off that now. (Calgary Sun)

Could the Caps possibly trade both Roman Hamrlik and Mike Knuble? Who needs veteran leadership anyhow. (CSNWashington.com)

Finally, watch NBC’s Doc Emrick get honored by the New Jersey Devils for his many years of work broadcasting for the team. (NHL)

Doc Emrick talks Winter Classic, Flyers-Rangers rivalry

Doc Emrick

Earlier today, the NBC Sports Group and NHL held a press event at 30 Rockefeller Plaza to celebrate the fifth year of the NHL Winter Classic. Those in attendance included host Liam McHugh, former New York Ranger Adam Graves, Winter Classic host Bob Costas and of course, NHL lead play-by-play commentator Mike “Doc” Emrick.

And we’ve got the video!

Here’s Doc talking about the longstanding rivalry between the Flyers and Rangers and how he expects it to play out on Jan. 2:

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This will be Emrick’s third straight Winter Classic — all told, he’ll have worked four of the five in league history. The only one he missed was the 2009 edition between Detroit and Chicago, because he’d come down with laryngitis. Versus’ Dave Strader filled in (of note, Strader also called the 2011 Heritage Classic from Calgary.)

Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick will join U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Doc Emrick

Mike “Doc” Emrick didn’t grow up dreaming of calling some of the biggest moments in hockey. He was a baseball “fanatic” until Dec. 10, 1960, when he fell in love with the sport. Fans of his ecstatic style and verbose descriptions should be thankful for that transformation, as Emrick earned an induction into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Dec. 12.

NHL.com’s Mike Morreale points out that Emrick is the first media member to receive that honor, as he is part of a class that includes Chris Chelios, Gary Suter, Keith Tkachuk and Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider.

Emrick won a 2004 Lester Patrick Award, a 2008 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award and a 2011 Emmy for play-by-play work. Morreale points out that Emrick has broadcasted games for every major American broadcast network, 13 Stanley Cup finals and 23 playoff Game 7 matches in nearly 40 years of announcing.

This excerpt from Morreale’s story captures Emrick’s undeniable passion for the sport.

“I marvel at guys who can use unnatural extensions — their stick off their arm and skates off their feet,” he said. “And to be able to do it at 30 mph, shoot at 100 mph and collide with people inside a walled-in area. The fact there are occasional outbreaks of temper proves that morality still works every once in a while.

“All of these things thrown together just make it a fascinating human experience in watching the sport. I’ve been married to Joyce for 33 years and [a love for hockey is] almost like trying to explain why you love your wife so much. It’s one of those things that’s not terribly cerebral; it’s really a part of the heart. That’s probably the best way to explain why I love the sport so much.”

Flyers hang on to early lead, beat Buffalo 3-2


The Buffalo Sabres did what many teams tend to do after their top goalie gets pulled: they turned their games around. The Philadelphia Flyers managed to cling to their 3-0 lead to win 3-2, though, so pulling Ryan Miller really only made an aesthetic difference.

Speaking of aesthetics, that Scott Hartnell-Claude Giroux-Jaromir Jagr line is looking gorgeous lately. Doc Emrick and Ed Olczyk tackle their great play and other noteworthy story threads from the Flyers’ win in the video below.

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Chris Chelios, Keith Tkachuk, Gary Suter, Doc Emrick, and Ed Snider elected to U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Ed Snider

Getting elected to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame is a special moment for any American that’s dedicated their playing life or career to the game. For the class of five that was elected to USA Hockey’s highest honor this year, it’s a whopper of an induction class. Former players Chris Chelios, Gary Suter, and Keith Tkachuk are joined by NBC lead play-by-play voice Mike “Doc” Emrick and Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider.

Chelios goes in perhaps as the biggest name after spending 20+ years in the NHL as a three time Stanley Cup champion and three time Norris Trophy defenseman as well as playing college hockey at the University of Wisconsin and on four U.S. Olympic teams his career is truly a wonder to behold. He’ll eventually be a Hockey Hall of Famer in Toronto, but this year he gets to live his glory out in the United States as one of the greatest Americans to play the game.

Gary Suter played for 17 seasons in the NHL playing for the Flames, Blackhawks, and Sharks. In that time he put up 203 goals and 844 points as a defenseman. Teaming up with the likes of Chelios and Al MacInnis in his career, Suter was the perfect complimentary defenseman mixing in offense with the kind of snarl on the blue line coaches salivate over. Suter also played at the University of Wisconsin in college and played for Team USA in the 1998 and 2002 Olympics.

Keith Tkachuk made a big name for himself as one of the top power forwards in the NHL suiting up for the Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes, St. Louis Blues, and for a brief stint with the Atlanta Thrashers. In his NHL career, Tkachuk piled up 538 goals and 1,065 assists over 18 NHL seasons. While Tkachuk never hoisted the Stanley Cup, his career as one of the best power forwards through the 1990s and early 2000s was cemented. Tkachuk’s best seasons came while with the Jets/Coyotes but he made himself into a folk hero in St. Louis. Tkachuk also got his start in hockey playing for one season at Boston University and as a Melrose, Massachusetts native, sticking close to home from the get-go got him off on the right foot, one that saw him play four times for Team USA in the Olympics.

Doc Emrick we know all about here at NBC and ProHockeyTalk. A gentleman of the game and one of the best on-air ambassadors you’ll find in hockey spent over 20 years as the lead play-by-play voice for the New Jersey Devils. During that time, Emrick also became the voice of the NHL playoffs and Stanley Cup finals working as the lead play-by-play man for NBC and Versus. Emrick’s professionalism in all things has helped him become the voice of the NHL now as he takes over as the full-time play-by-play voice for NBC and Versus this year.

Ed Snider is the long time owner of the Philadelphia Flyers and as the man at the helm of one of the NHL’s iconic franchises, he’s also helped become a leader in growing the game of hockey in eastern Pennsylvania and across the country. Snider, already a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, now gets his just deserving in the United States. Snider’s ability to help grow the game and establishing the Flyers as one of the top franchises in the NHL are all the proof you need to see why he’s being enshrined.