Former NHL goaltender Ray Emery has drowned in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. He was only 35.
The Hamilton Police Department announced Emery was identified as the victim of the swimming accident Sunday morning. Police received a call shortly after 6 a.m. that an adult swimmer did not surface and the Niagara Police Department also assisted in the recovery of Emery’s body later in the afternoon.
“They went out for a swim and unfortunately he did not emerge after diving in,” police Inspector Marty Schulenberg told The Hamilton Spectator. “We responded along with Hamilton Fire and EMS. Unfortunately, our efforts on the water and in the area just around the piers were met with negative results.”
Emery was nicknamed “The Razor” for his aggressive style of goaltending, and played parts of 11 seasons with the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks. He helped the Senators reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007 and won it all as a backup with the Blackhawks in 2013.
According to ABC 6, Emery dealt with off-ice problems throughout his career, including an incident of road rage, assault of a trainer in Russia and behavior that led to him being sent home from Ottawa’s training camp. Teammates and executives lauded Emery’s mentorship and leadership, especially in his final professional season in the American Hockey League in 2015-16.
Flyers President Paul Holmgren issued the following statement:
The Philadelphia Flyers are stunned and extremely saddened to hear of the tragic passing of former Flyers goaltender Ray Emery. Ray was an outstanding teammate and an extremely gifted goaltender. He had exceptional athleticism, was a fierce competitor and battled in every game he played with the Flyers. His performances through the 2009-10 season were a very big part of the team’s success in making the playoffs and reaching the Stanley Cup Final. Ray’s talent, work ethic and determination helped him enjoy a successful 11-year NHL career. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.
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