NEW YORK - Veteran broadcasters Mike Emrick and John Davidson on Thursday were named as recipients of the 2004 Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.
Long-time executive Ray Miron also will be presented with the award, which honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach, and general manager, and was a pioneer in the sport’s development.
Currently in his fifth season as a play-by-play voice on ABC’s NHL coverage, Emrick was the lead announcer on Fox broadcasts from 1995-1999. Emrick’s national credits include the past 16 Stanley Cup playoffs, seven Stanley Cup Finals, five NHL All-Star Games and three Winter Olympics.
Presently in his 14th season as the lead television play-by-play man for the New Jersey Devils, Emrick has been behind the microphone for all three Devils Stanley Cup-winning seasons.
Davidson is ABC’s lead studio analyst. He also has served as the color commentator on New York Rangers telecasts for Madison Square Garden Network for the past 18 seasons.
An 11-year NHL goaltender, Davidson was drafted in 1975 by St. Louis, where he played for two years, before moving to the Rangers, where he became one of New York’s most popular and celebrated athletes of his era. In 1979, he led the Rangers to the Stanley Cup finals.
A native of Ottawa, Davidson has been paired with Emrick on several national broadcasts in the United States. They comprised Fox’s lead play-by-play team from 1995-1999, and worked in tandem the 1992, 1994, and 1998 Olympic Games.
Miron managed and coached teams across North America for more than 50 years and also held many executive positions, serving as founder and president of the Central Hockey League from 1992-1997 and commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League from 1983-1987. Miron also was general manager of the NHL’s Colorado Rockies from 1976-1981.
The 2004 recipients will be honored March 16 in New York.
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