Former NHL goaltender, Ray Emery has been confirmed to have passed away at the age of 35 after a boating accident. It is being reported Emery drowned in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario.
Word of the passing first spread on Sunday afternoon with players and NHL executives extending their grief over the loss of one of the most memorable netminders in the NHL over the past decade. It wasn't until Hamilton Police said Emery was identified as the victim of the swimming accident Sunday morning that the hockey world knew the tragedy was real.
Staff sergeant Paul Evans said police received a call just after 6 a.m. that an adult swimmer did not surface after diving into the water. The reported name was Emery's and when Niagara Police assisted in the recovery effort, Emery's body was recovered Sunday afternoon.
Emery played parts of 11 NHL seasons with the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks. He was nicknamed "Razor" and while perhaps not one of the NHL's elite netminders, his aggressive style and run with the Senators to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007 made him hard to forget and an immediate fan favorite. His name is on the Stanley Cup as he played a backup role with the Blackhawks during their championship win in 2013.
Emery's aggressive style wasn't limited to on-ice incidences. He was known for having off-ice issues as well, some of which aided in his exit from the NHL. He was linked to an incident of road rage and the assault of a trainer in Russia.
Still, his teammates were known to have loved him and NHL coaches and executives touted his leadership skills when speaking of Emery. Current Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas wrote, "Ray's smile and intelligence made him a magnetic personality. You always rooted for him to reach his vast potential even as he went through many ups and downs of his playing career. My deepest condolences to his family and friends for their loss."
Ray Emery will be missed.
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