Raymond Robert Emery was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. He played in the National Hockey League for eleven seasons. Emery won a Stanley Cup championship with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013. He was a two-time Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy finalist for his dedication and perseverance.
About Ray Emery in brief
Raymond Robert Emery was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. He played in the National Hockey League for eleven seasons. Emery won a Stanley Cup championship with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013. He was a two-time Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy finalist for his dedication and perseverance. His teammates and fans often referred to him as ‘Razor’ or ‘Sugar Ray’ for his aggressive playing style. He originally played as a defenceman, but switched to goaltender at nine years old due to a shortage of goaltenders in his league. He set a record for wins to start an NHL goaltending career, winning his first nine games, moving ahead of Bob Froese who had won his first eight games in the 1982–83 season. In 2013, he won the William M. Jennings Trophy along with teammate Corey Crawford, awarded to the goaltender or goaltenders who give up the fewest goals in the season. His biological father had no interest in raising a child, and abandoned them. His mother, Sharlene, worked as an overhead crane operator at a Dofasco steel mill when she became pregnant at 20. In 1984, she met Paul Emery whom she married in 1986. In 1998, he was adopted by Paul and took his surname shortly afterwards. He has two younger brothers, Andrew and Nicholas. He also has a younger brother, Andrew, who plays for the Ottawa Senators. He is also the father of Andrew Emery and Nicholas Emery, both of whom play for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
In 2002, Emery joined the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League and immediately assumed the position of starting goaltender for his first professional season with the team. The Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds drafted Emery in the fifth round of the 1999 OHL Draft. He split the 1999–2000 season between the Welland Cougars of the OHA and theGreyhounds in the OHL. In 2001–02, he gained notoriety for his fighting ability. In the 2006–07 season, he reached the Stanley Cup Finals, the first appearance in the finals for the modern Senators’ franchise. In March of the same season,Emery won twelve games, tying Bernie Parent’s 1974 record for the most wins in a month. He became Ottawa’s de facto starter, with Mike Morrison claimed off waivers from the Edmonton Oilers, as Emery’s backup, for the rest of the season, leading the Senators to the second round of playoffs. In February 2007, EmerY was suspended for three games for striking the Montreal Canadiens, but due to his poor play, was replaced by Martin Gerber for the start of the next season. After the 2005–06 season, the Senators opted not to bring back Dominik Hašekekek to compete with Emery for the starter, instead acquiringMartin Gerber to compete for the starting position. The Ottawa Senators did not select Emery again until the 2007–08 season.