NHL personalities tweet their mind about Ray Emery’s violent attack on Caps goalie Braydon Holtby

Ray Emery with the Chicago Blackhawks. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Ray Emery with the Chicago Blackhawks. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

If you don’t follow Kevin Paul Dupont on Twitter (@GlobeKPD), you are missing out. The Boston Globe writer is one of hockey’s most active and insightful social media personalities. Dupont combines his knowledge of sport, flair for word, and great sense of humour to create a steady stream of entertaining Twitter material. This morning, his target was Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ray Emery who has been heavily criticized since he beat up opposing netminder Braydon Holtby of the Washington Capitals last Friday.

Dupont’s tweets condemn Emery for Friday night’s goalie fight controversy. The award winning journalist suggests the NHL’s commissioner Gary Bettman and Flyers owner Ed Snyder should answer for Emery’s actions. He also calls beating up an unwilling combatant an act of ‘cowardice’ and goes on to joke that he is looking forward to ‘Emery’s line of Goalie Gansta wear.’ See the tweets for yourself:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Emery incident has ruffled a lot of feathers on Twitter. KPD isn’t the only voice speaking out against the altercation. Ken Campbell of The Hockey News joked about Emery’s 1st Star nomination in a Saturday night game against the New Jersey Devils:

 

 

Chris Bota of the New York Times suggests the league should take action and change rules in response to the Emery incident:

 

 

The iconic, Emmy Award winning Stan Fischler questioned Emery’s decision making throughout the fight:

 

 

TSN Insider Darren Dreger weighed in, as well, saying Emery’s actions did not exemplify ‘toughness’:

 

 

And, Josh Yohe, Pittsburgh Penguins writer for the Tribune Review had this to say:

 

 

Ray Emery was asked if he talked with Holtby before he began punching him, and he had this to say:  Quote courtesy of the Washington Post. Read full article here

“Yeah, a little bit. I don’t remember. He didn’t want to fight but I said basically protect yourself. He didn’t really have much of a choice.”

 

The Flyers are in a bad spot right now. They sit 8 points out of the playoffs despite being situated in the NHL’s worst division statistically. Frustrations boiled over last Friday, causing a line brawl. The unfortunate side effect – the Emery thing.

The next night, Flyers head coach Craig Berube (former NHL enforcer) gave Emery the nod in a game against the New Jersey Devils. Emery posted a shutout, defeating the Devils 1-0. And he didn’t beat anyone up.