I remember going to a Doc Emrick Night a couple years back and that the Penguins were the opponent, but couldn't remember when it was. Well, I found it:
It was Friday January 30th, 2009 and the opponent was the Penguins. Here is the link from that night.
I have the program from the evening and the nice insert they gave fans. I realize they were honoring Doc for some different accomplishments on both evenings. But I have to admit, I feel slighted a little bit. Just a little. Now there were "two" Doc Emrick Nights? This is nothing against Doc. I love him and have immense respect for him as an announcer and person (he responded to two emails from me years back). I just feel Vandy was "double dipping" here to get seats sold for a Friday Night Game against a Western Conference opponent. And we've followed without reservations.
Compare that to the previous vs. Anaheim Friday's game 15,312 (86.9% Full)
The first Doc Emrick Night , back in 2009, was a sellout.
I don't know if some fans saw through the double dip or just interest in the Devils has waned since 2009. But the bottom line is to see how ownership will use nights like these to keep attendance numbers high. I have no objection for aggressive marketing, just some authenticity is nice.
OK, many will point out how Emrick was honored for two different accomplishments. OK. But should they have given Scott Stevens another night after he got into the Hockey Hall of Fame a year after his number was retired in New Jersey?
Just keep in mind, this past Friday could portend a lot for the future: those of you who want Sergei Brylin Night in 2013, may very well get it.