It was just over a year ago when Ray Emery’s career first appeared to be in jeopardy. The Philadelphia Flyers were at a loss as to what was the cause of Emery’s ailing hip, but it was later determined that he was suffering from avascular necrosis and his 2009-10 season was lost. Emery underwent a bone graft procedure in April of 2010 in hopes of recovering to the point where he could resume his hockey career. After three successful starts with Syracuse of the AHL, the Anaheim Ducks recalled Emery on Wednesday.
The Ducks signed Emery earlier this month to a one-year two-way contract and sent him to Syracuse for conditioning. In three appearances, Emery posted a 2.62 goals-against average along and a .925 save percentage to go along with two wins. Emery could get his first taste of NHL action in over a year soon, too, as Jonas Hiller is struggling with a case of fatigue/lightheadedness.
Emery watched from home as his Flyers teammates marched to the Stanley Cup Final in 2010 which, had he been healthy, would have been his second trip to the Finals. Emery backstopped the Ottawa Senators to the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals where they fell in five games to the Ducks. The goaltender’s days in Ottawa ended on a sour note after several clashes with teammates and coaches. He departed for the KHL in 2007-08 before returning to the NHL with the Flyers last season.
Emery is well known for his boxing themed mask designs, and his Ducks mask features a ode to Sugar Ray Leonard.