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03-08-2013, 08:46 AM
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Sam is the best, no doubt.

But I want to spend a minute defending Doc Emerick and seeing through the anti-Devils bias. I agree though that Chico Resch is the worst.

When I was growing up in the Bronx in the 1960s there was little hockey around. If atmospheric conditions were right I could sometimes pick up radio broadcasts from Toronto and Montreal and listen to the great classic broadcasters of that era, Foster Hewitt and Danny Galivan. Both are considered by Canadians to be the best ever.

They had a particular cadence to their calls that was quite distinctive.

When I hear Doc I know that he too was exposed to them and I hear echoes of them in his calls. I find it comforting and appreciate the link to the days of the Original Six.

But even he doesn't compare to Sam. Whenever I think of the Rangers it is his voice I hear in my head.

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