Emery visits White House with Blackhawks

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Flyers goalie Ray Emery. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Ray Emery was missing from practice on Monday.

No, Emery did not get the day off for his, ahem, interesting weekend with the Flyers.

Instead, Emery was in Washington, D.C., to celebrate his former team’s Stanley Cup with a ceremony at the White House and President Barack Obama.

While it is somewhat rare for players who have moved on to another team to return for the day to celebrate, the Flyers granted Emery his wish. He may not get another chance.

Emery, 31, won his first Stanley Cup last season as Chicago’s backup. He gave starter Corey Crawford a run for his money in the regular season with a 17-1-0 record and 1.94 goals against-average. Heading into the final month of the shortened season, there was some debate in Chicago as to who would start in the playoffs, before Crawford went on a tear.

Some NHL players have purposely skipped the White House ceremonies - even if they are still a member of the team. Former Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas famously sat out Boston’s trip to the White House for political reasons.

Emery will rejoin the Flyers in Raleigh, N.C., for just their sixth road game of the season on Tuesday.

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