Ray Emery remembers the first time he laced up skates and stepped onto the ice.

The Blackhawks goaltender was 5 or 6 and growing up in Hamilton, Ontario, when he took his first strides and began a journey that has taken him to the NHL.

On Thursday, Emery helped 70 children from the Chicago Housing Authority build some memories of their own as he teamed with 1WORLD Sports to host the second annual Blackhawks "Event to Inspire" at a West Side rink.