Breaking: Former NHLer Ray Emery reportedly found dead

RIP. Gone, but never forgotten.

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According to multiple online reports, former NHL goaltender Ray Emery has been identified as a victim of an early morning drowning at Hamilton Harbour in Hamilton, Ontario.

Friends and first responders have identified victim in early morning drowning at the Hamilton Harbour as former NHL goalie Ray Emery. Ray played the Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks and Philadelphia Flyers . He was swimming with several friends & never surfaced  #HamOnt

The former Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks and Philadelphia Flyers goaltender reportedly went swimming with some friends and never returned. 

The controversial ex-NHL goaltender was perhaps best known for being one of the toughest netminders in NHL history. I mean… who can forget when he took on nearly the entire Buffalo Sabres roster during his time with the Sens.

Of course, Emery captured his first and only Stanley Cup championship of his career during the 2014 season with the Blackhawks. While he mostly played as a backup behind Blackhawks starter Corey Crawford, Emery was instrumental in the team's Stanley Cup victory, spelling the younger Crawford when he needed it. He was an effective backup for the Blackhawks, no doubt about it.

Of course, Emery was also a key contributor in the Senators' run to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final, but ultimately he and his team fell short against a powerhouse Ducks team. Still, Emery carved out a respectable career for himself, due largely in part to his strong play with the Sens.

Fan may also remember Emery from the time he laid waste to Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby during his time with the Flyers organization.

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Poor Holtby, he never really had a fair shot.

More on this story to come as information becomes available.

UPDATE: Emery had apparently been swimming with friends and family members, but did not return with the group and was declared missing. No word yet on whether or not his body has been recovered by Hamilton police. In the meantime, all we can do is send our thoughts and prayers to Emery's family at this difficult time. Rest in peace Ray Emery. You were just 35 years old. Gone, but never forgotten.