Ray Emery was drafted 99th overall to the NHL by the Ottawa Senators in 2001. He had his most successful OHL season in 2001–2002. In 2002–2003, Emery moved on to the Binghamton Senators of the AHL for his first season as a professional. He again had a solid season, winning 27 of 50 games and being named the AHL's All-Rookie team for 2003. Emery was suspended twice for on-ice incidents and his behavior continued into the 2003-2004 season.
Emery began his NHL career by setting a record for wins to start a career in the 2005–2006 season. Emery won his first nine games. During the beginning of the 2005–2006 season, he had won nine straight games during the regular season, when he was being used as back-up to Hasek. When Hasek was injured, Emery became the starting goalie.
Emery is a sparkplug of a goalie that loves to fight. He even fights players, including one game in which he fought Buffalo goalie Martin Biron and Buffalo enforcer Andrew Peters in the same incident. Emery has also been suspended a few times and continues to be a very vocal player in the net. He is big and athletic with all of the tools to be an elite goaltender, but he'll need to calm down a little in order to reach top levels.