Flyers Notes: Emery visits White House with Blackhawks

President Barack Obama holds up a Chicago Blackhawks hockey jersey during a ceremony where he honored the NHL 2013 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks hockey team in the East Room of the White House on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
President Barack Obama holds up a Chicago Blackhawks hockey jersey during a ceremony where he honored the NHL 2013 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks hockey team in the East Room of the White House on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) (AP)
Posted: November 06, 2013

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.

- Sam Carchidi

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