Flyers goalie Ray Emery was excused from practice Monday for a good reason: He was invited to the White House.
Emery went 17-1 last season with Chicago, and he and his former teammates were honored at the White House for winning the Stanley Cup. President Obama welcomed his hometown Blackhawks.
"This team is a great example of what Chicago is all about," Obama said.
Emery called the White House trip "pretty cool. It was definitely exciting."
He said he got a chance to shake Obama's hand, and called him an inspirational figure for being the first African American president.
It has been an eventful few days for Emery. In Saturday's 7-0 loss to Washington, he was criticized for pummeling Washington goalie Braden Holtby, who did not want to fight. The next night, Emery notched his 15th career shutout in a 1-0 win in New Jersey.