For the second time in as many years, goaltender Ray Emery
is in the running for the Bill Masterton Trophy, as the Professional Hockey Writers Association's Chicago chapter announced the 29-year-old netminder would be the Blackhawks' nominee this season. The award is given annually to the NHL player who best demonstrates the characteristics of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
“Every time you get recognized for something like that, it’s humbling,” Emery said.
Since joining the Blackhawks as a non-roster invitee during training camp, Emery has provided experience and contributed to the overall success of the team, posting a record of 15-9-3, as well 2.77 goal-against average in 33 games this season.
Last season, the Anaheim chapter nominated the 29-year-old goalie for his excellent play following a comeback from a hip surgery.
“It’s definitely something that I look back on as a tough time but also a growing experience that made me realize how much I really appreciate being able to play the game,” Emery said.
But after his surgery, returning to the NHL wasn’t a guarantee for Emery.
“I always thought I’d give it my best and thought I could do it,” he said. “But I wasn’t one hundred percent sure that even if I did all the right things, I would get back.”
Emery did come back, and his contributions on and off the ice did not go unnoticed by the Chicago chapter's writers.