Hawks goalie Ray Emery pays visit to sports bar in Munster
By Tommy Williams Post-Tribune correspondent February 26, 2013 10:54PM
Updated: March 28, 2013 6:50AM
MUNSTER — Munster is slowly becoming the winter time town of winners, not only because of a couple of successful high school teams, but also for the company it keeps.
The Munster boys basketball team is unbeaten going into sectional play on Wednesday while its club hockey team is going for another state title (they’ve won two).
And on the subject of hockey and the art of perfection, one of the better players on the best team in the National Hockey League made an appearance at the Charley Horse sports bar Tuesday night.
Ray Emery, who was in net last Friday when the Chicago Blackhawks broke the record for the best start in NHL history with a 2-1 win over San Jose, hung out with fans and talked about the team’s 16-0-3 record.
“It’s exciting to have a good start to this year,” Emery said. “More importantly as a team we’ve put ourselves in a good position. But the year’s not over and you’d rather finish stronger than you start.”
The fact that Emery is starting at all is a story within itself.
Emery led Ottawa to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007, but had to sit out the entire 2009 season (with the Philadelphia Flyers) because of avascular necrosis. He overcame that through training and would eventually sign with the Blackhawks last season to a one-year contract.
One contract extension later, he is one of the main reasons (8-0 record, 2.08 goals against) why the Blackhawks are the only NHL team not to lose a game in regulation — the three losses are in overtime or by shootout.
“It was a tough year because I was out for an entire year,” he said.
“It was different because I had a bone removed from my leg and there was a process I had to go through. But I am very fortunate to be back and I’m appreciative to get the chance to play again.”
Hawks fans are appreciative of Emery’s contributions to their hot start.
“First and foremost, we have a lot of talent on this team,” Emery said. “This team has won before and a lot of the key players were on the team that won the Cup the last time.
“I think guys are hungry again and you can see it on the ice and I think that’s where our success comes from.”