Eric Semborski

PHOTO: Eric Semborski gets personalized goalie mask from Blackhawks

PHOTO: Eric Semborski gets personalized goalie mask from Blackhawks

By now, Eric Semborski has become a household name in Chicago.

The 23-year-old is famously known for serving as the Blackhawks' emergency goaltender on Dec. 3 against the Philadelphia Flyers after Corey Crawford underwent an emergency appendectomy.

As a thank you, the Blackhawks sent him a jersey, among other memorabilia, and even flew him out to see a game at the United Center, where he was recognized on the video board.

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Shortly after, Topps revealed that it made a hockey card for his memorable day.

That's not all.

The Blackhawks asked professional artist David Gunnarsson, who's designed numerous amounts of masks for NHL goaltenders, to personalize one for Semborski as a special gift.

Here is the final product:

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Welcome Eric Semborski to the DaveArt Squad! 👊🏻 Eric is the young goalie who became a Blackhawks goalie for an evening😃. It was the 3rd of December last year when Blackhawks and Flyers met. Chicago Blackhawks wanted to give Eric a present and memory after the game and they asked me if I could create a real Blackhawks mask for Eric🥅. For sure, it would be an honor🙏🏻! Eric and I started to brainstorm and we came up with a design plan. It is a true Storyteller mask📕. On a distance it is a clean cut Blackhawks mask, and when you come closer you will discover a lot of sweet details🔍👀. Such as the date of the magic day, and also the skyline of both cities...🏙 On the top it is the logo of the Temple University. And for sure the design is loaded with all the DaveArt Trademark Super FX...✨ @nhlblackhawks @philadelphiaflyers #DaveArt #nhl #DaveArtTheCradleOfCreativity @NHL

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Welcome Eric Semborski to the DaveArt Squad! 👊🏻 Eric is the young goalie who became a Blackhawks goalie for an evening😃. It was the 3rd of December last year when Blackhawks and Flyers met. Chicago Blackhawks wanted to give Eric a present and memory after the game and they asked me if I could create a real Blackhawks mask for Eric🥅. For sure, it would be an honor🙏🏻! Eric and I started to brainstorm and we came up with a design plan. It is a true Storyteller mask📕. On a distance it is a clean cut Blackhawks mask, and when you come closer you will discover a lot of sweet details🔍👀. Such as the date of the magic day, and also the skyline of both cities...🏙 On the top it is the logo of the Temple University. And for sure the design is loaded with all the DaveArt Trademark Super FX...✨ @nhlblackhawks @philadelphiaflyers #DaveArt #nhl #DaveArtTheCradleOfCreativity @NHL

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Eric Semborski 'trying to enjoy' fame from being Blackhawks' emergency goaltender

Eric Semborski 'trying to enjoy' fame from being Blackhawks' emergency goaltender

Eric Semborski got another call from the Blackhawks this week, although he wasn’t going to have to scramble to grab his goaltending equipment for this request.

“I was expecting a call from someone in Chicago around 1 and I answered and it was Scott Darling, which was a pretty big surprise,” Semborski said during the intermission of the Blackhawks’ game against the Dallas Stars. “Cool for him to reach out to me like that and ask me if I wanted to come to Chicago. Of course I said yes.”

Eight days after being the Blackhawks’ backup goaltender for a day when Corey Crawford suffered appendicitis, Semborski and his wife Kaitlyn were the team’s guests for a game. It’s been one heck of a week for Semborski, who’s done many interviews, signed several autographs and has gotten a lot of questions from kids, “a lot of them not believing me.”

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“People [have been] reaching out wanting to hear my story. A lot of media interviews this week,” said Semborski, who was decked out in a suit he lacked – and got a ribbing for from the Blackhawks – when he got the call last weekend. “It’s been pretty busy but I’m having fun with it. It’s not every day you get to do this so I’m just trying to enjoy it.”

Semborski’s stay in Chicago was much like his backup stint last weekend – it’s just for a day. The experience was a tremendous one for Semborski, and while his allegiance remains with Philadelphia, he’s willing to add to his rooting interests.

“I’ve been a Flyers fan my whole life and I’ll always be a Flyers fan,” he said. “But I definitely have a team in the West now.”

Rough second period sinks Blackhawks in loss to Flyers

Rough second period sinks Blackhawks in loss to Flyers

PHILADELPHIA — Ivan Provorov admitted he was motivated to make his second career game against the Chicago Blackhawks a lot better than his first.

The 19-year-old rookie defenseman did just that, scoring twice and prevented one by the Blackhawks to help the Philadelphia Flyers beat Chicago 3-1 on Saturday.

Provorov was on the ice for five Blackhawks goals in their 7-4 at home over the Flyers on Oct. 18.

"I didn't play my best in that game, but I put it behind me, learned from it and it was a better result tonight," Provorov said "I tried to use it as a positive thing and prove that's not me."

Provorov scored 31 seconds apart early in the second period to help the Flyers get their fourth straight win. Brayden Schenn also scored and Steve Mason stopped 26 shots.

Artemi Panarin scored his ninth of the season for the Blackhawks, who lost in regulation for the first time in five games, snapping a 3-0-1 streak. Scott Darling had 27 saves in his eighth appearance of the season.

Darling was pressed into action after starter Corey Crawford underwent an emergency appendectomy.

"His procedure went pretty well today, he's probably going to be out two to three weeks," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "Thanks to our medical staff and the Flyers' medical staff today. They did a great job of helping us out."

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Chicago was also without captain Jonathan Toews for the fourth straight game. Sidelined with a lower body injury, Toews remained in Chicago and is questionable for Sunday's home game against his hometown Winnipeg Jets.

The Blackhawks opened the scoring 3:44 in when Panarin took a pass from Artem Anisimov and one-timed a shot past Mason for his ninth of the season and his first in five games.

Provorov took over from there. The Flyers' top pick in the 2015 NHL draft (seventh overall) tied the score 3:02 into the second period when he blasted a shot past Darling for his second career NHL goal.

Provorov gave the Flyers the lead 31 seconds later when he wristed a shot that fluttered past Darling's blocker for the first two-goal game of his career.

"He is a guy that continues to work at his game, and continues to build," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said of Provorov. "He didn't do a whole lot different tonight than he has really over the last 10 games. It was nice to see a couple of those pucks go in for him. They were good plays by him and the other guys on the ice, obviously that is really important for us at that time in the hockey game."

Schenn gave the Flyers a 3-1 lead at the 8:37 of the second, taking a nice feed from rookie Travis Konecny and beating Darling from close range for his fourth.

The Flyers' biggest save of the night might have come from Provorov, who swatted a bouncing puck out of the goal crease with 3:22 remaining in the second period to preserve a two-goal lead.

The Blackhawks thought they scored when Richard Panik jabbed a loose puck under Mason's legs. But Provorov reached behind the goalie and swatted the puck off the goal line. After a video review, the officials ruled the replay inconclusive, denying Panik the goal.

"They obviously look at it real closely," Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson said. "Of course we wanted the goal but you just have to trust that they are doing everything they can and I do think they look at is as much as they can, so they know more than I do, but obviously we wanted to have that goal, but it happens."

NOTES: Flyers D Radko Gudas was a healthy scratch for the first time this season and was replaced with D Brandon Manning, who missed the previous two games with a concussion. ... Blackhawks D Trevor van Riemsdyk returned to the lineup after missing 23 games with an upper body injury.

The Flyers' biggest save of the night might have come from Provorov, who swatted a bouncing puck out of the goal crease with 3:22 remaining in the second period to preserve a two-goal lead.

Chicago backup goalie Scott Darling, pressed into action after projected starter Corey Crawford underwent an emergency appendectomy, finished with 27 saves.