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Hart unveils new mask that pays homage to late goalie Emery

Flyers netminder will return to lineup wearing helmet that honors former Philadelphia player

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

Carter Hart returned to the lineup Monday, and paid homage to Ray Emery in the process.

The Philadelphia Flyers goalie unveiled his new mask for their game against the Florida Panthers, which features images of the late former Flyers goaltender.

Emery, who died on July 15, 2018 from drowning in Hamilton, Ontario, played 88 regular-season games and three Stanley Cup Playoff games in three seasons with the Flyers. Hart's mask features images of Emery in a Philadelphia uniform on each side and his nickname "Razor" on the helmet's backplate.

Instagram from @paintzoo: What a honor to paint this mask for @c_hart70 we talked about this mask an really wanted to pay tribute to Ray. I have painted for razor when he was here in philly an my friend @dielairbrush had painted also. So we took design that would go well with his equip to really have a mask just like Razor with his portraits on sides. Rest In Peace Ray🙏🏻. Hope everyone enjoys mask. @philadelphiaflyers @c_hart70 @sata_by_dan_am @sata_global @dynabrade_inc @basfrefinish @dnasty54 #hockey #tribute #custompaint #goaliemaskart #art #airbrush #rayemery #basfrefinish

Hart had missed Philadelphia's past nine games with an abdominal injury. He said he never met Emery but thought it important to honor the former goalie.

"I wanted to pay tribute to a guy who was, from what I heard ... the boys said they loved him," Hart said after Philadelphia's 4-1 win. "I never met him, but any time you lose a guy in the goalie fraternity of that importance, it's very sad. I just wanted to pay tribute to him." Deputy Managing Editor Adam Kimelman contributed to this report. 

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