It is stunning, really, how one of the greatest stories in the NHL — no, one of the greatest stories in sports — has gone under-reported.

Today, of all times in our history. In the age of Twitter and YouTube. When Torii Hunter makes Sports Illustrated for his references to flatulence. When Tiger Woods isn't so much a weekly struggling athlete as he is a daily gossiping update.

But that's the NHL, and that's the NHL in America and especially the NHL in Southern California.

The most improbable tale of this unlikely Ducks season, a story more inspirational than Teemu Selanne's brilliance on 40-year-old legs, more amazing than Corey Perry's bolt to sudden stardom remains tucked behind a mask, existing day-to-day under unassuming quiet, lost in the shadow of team.

"It is somewhat of a, I don't know if you want to say miracle, but it's something that's never happened before," Coach Randy Carlyle says. "It's a great story and one the individual should be recognized for because it's something no other athlete has done."

He has made history, that's all — sports history, medical history, human-interest history.

The fact Ray Emery is playing professional ice hockey again is nothing short of extraordinary.

And yet, even the men who have spent nearly every day with him the past several weeks, don't know Emery's story.