THN: "Ray Emery - Eye of the tiger"

Lesedauer: ca. 2 Minuten


Titelstory der neuesten Ausgabe der nordamerikanischen Fachzeitschrift

"The Hockey News" beschäftigt sich mit Ottawas heißblütigem Goalie Ray


Ray Emery - Eye of the tiger

By Ken Campbell

The year was 2004 and Ray

Emery was gaining a reputation as something of an on-ice lunatic. The Ottawa

Senators were growing deeply concerned about their prospect’s violent

outbursts, concerns that became full-blown fears after Emery two-handed Michel

Ouellet of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins with his stick, then punched him

in the face in an American League game.

The AHL gave Emery a choice

– a 10-game suspension that would be reduced to five if he agreed to attend

anger-management therapy.

So off Emery trudged to a

psychologist to tame the beast within.

“I went for a half-hour to

this shrink, pretty much,” Emery said. “And after 10 minutes, he says, ‘Well,

you don’t really need to be here. You seem pretty well put together. You play a

contact sport and you let your emotions kind of ride out there sometimes.’ But

I had to go to two more sessions, so I went and just kind of shot the (bull)

with the guy.”

Watching Emery tuck into a

couple of spring rolls at a downtown Toronto

hotel, he certainly doesn’t portray the angry young man image very well. After

Emery earned a three-game suspension this season for whacking Maxim Lapierre in

the face with his stick, one Montreal columnist compared Emery to Mike Tyson, a

convicted rapist whose image for a brief time adorned Emery’s goaltending mask.

Among the seven tattoos Emery has on his body, one of them reads, ‘Anger is a


But it turns out Emery has

about as much reason to be angry as Alanis Morrissette did. He grew up in a

quiet little Ontario town called Cayuga, near Hamilton, living a

simple, rural lifestyle in a family filled with unconditional love and support.

He was a terrific athlete and an outstanding student, taking, as he says, “all

that enriched stuff in school. Not that I particularly liked it, but I guess I

was pretty good at it.”

Race has never been a

significant issue for him, unless you include the time in the AHL when he

attacked Denis Hamel for uttering a racial slur at him. At 24, he makes $925,000

a year, dresses impeccably and drives a limited edition white Hummer.

But there he was on Feb.

22, after dusting Buffalo

goalie Martin Biron in his first career NHL fight, trading punches with

enforcer Andrew Peters. The fists were flying and through it all, Emery had a

maniacal grin on his face. It’s difficult not to think Emery is wired a little

differently, but it turns out that’s an easy answer to a more complicated

question. There are goalies in the NHL (see Belfour, Ed), who are truly surly,

walking around with emotions bubbling at the surface and no real indication

when things will spill over.

To read the rest of this story and other great features from the world of

hockey, you can buy this issue

or subscribe at

Meilenstein für Winnipegs Paul Stastny
Capitals und Jets gewinnen ihre Heimspiele

Während sich die beiden Ex-Meister aus Washington und Boston einen harten Kampf lieferten, ließen die Winnipeg Jets den Vancouver Canucks keine Chance....

Draisaitl und McDavid erreichen Meilensteine
Tim Stützle erzielt seinen ersten Hattrick in der NHL

Meilenstein-Abend in der NHL: Tim Stützle gelingt ein historischer Hattrick, Connor McDavid zieht mit Mario Lemieux und Jaromir Jagr gleich, Leon Draisaitl erreicht ...

5:3-Sieg bei den Vancouver Canucks
Edmonton Oilers ziehen in die Play-offs ein

Dominik Kahun trifft, Leon Draisaitl steuert zwei Assists zur großen Connor McDavid-Show bei: Der Kapitän der Oilers war an vier von fünf Toren beteiligt....

Erfolgreiches Comeback nach Corona-Pause
Grubauer meldet sich mit Shutout-Sieg zurück

Die Colorado Avalanche siegen nach der Rückkehr von Nationaltorhüter Philipp Grubauer, Mikko Rantanen und Joonas Donskoi, nachdem zuvor drei Partien verloren gingen....

Offensiv-Feuerwerke in der Central Division
Thomas Greiss rettet Detroit gegen Columbus einen Punkt

​Verhaltener Jubel in Detroit: Der Aufwärtstrend hält an. Trotzdem war es aus Sicht der Red Wings ärgerlich, dass es im Duell des Letzten gegen den Vorletzten in der...

Zwei Zähler bei wichtigem Oilers-Sieg in Winnipeg
488 Punkte: Leon Draisaitl knackt den Rekord von Marco Sturm

Connor McDavid erzielt den neunten Hattrick seiner Karriere. Die Oilers ziehen in einem vorgezogenen Play-off-Spiel an den Jets vorbei auf Rang zwei der North Divisi...

Rieder-Assist bei Achtungserfolg der Buffalo Sabres
Sturm mit Siegtor bei sechstem Sieg in Folge mit Minnesota

Die Minnesota Wild sind nur noch einen Punkt vom vorzeitigen Playoffeinzug entfernt und könnten sogar noch in den Kampf um den Divisionstitel eingreifen. ...

Jetzt mit Gratismonat starten!
Die NHL Live & im Replay auf DAZN

NHL Hauptrunde

Samstag 15.05.2021
Edmonton Oilers Edmonton
1 : 4
Vancouver Canucks Vancouver
Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg
4 : 2
Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto
Montag 17.05.2021
Calgary Flames Calgary
- : -
Vancouver Canucks Vancouver
Dienstag 18.05.2021
Calgary Flames Calgary
- : -
Vancouver Canucks Vancouver
Mittwoch 19.05.2021
Vancouver Canucks Vancouver
- : -
Calgary Flames Calgary