It’s been exactly a month and a half since former NHL goaltender Ray Emery drowned to death in Lake Ontario. The former Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks netminder was swimming in Hamilton Harbour with some friends when he went missing under water. Police recovered his body hours later and made the announcement via the media.
The hockey world was in shock and mourned the death of the Stanley Cup champion. Amongst those in mourning were NHLers who regularly participate at the annual BioSteel camp in Toronto, Ontario where Emery was a fixture. The camp attracts a dozen or so NHLers each year and Emery was always one of the netminders between the pipes. This offseason players like Connor McDavid, Tyler Seguin, Ryan O’Reilly, Darnell Nurse, Michael Del Zotto and Devante Smith-Pelly took part in the pre-training camp event to fight for the newly minted Ray Emery Cup.
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Wonderful act of class to see the former BioSteel Cup renamed the Ray Emery Cup. A champion will hoist this is a couple hours.
How awesome is that? The BioSteel Cup, which has been awarded every offseason since 2012 will now be known as the Ray Emery Cup. A fitting tribute.
In the end it was Team Seguin who claimed the 2018 Ray Emery Cup. Here's a rundown of the thrilling final from Sportsnet's Luke Fox:
In about as thrilling a 20-minute game of four-on-four non-contact summertime shinny in a small barn can get, Team Seguin defeated Team Nurse 4-3, marking the fourth time in the past five BioSteel Camps that a Seguin-led squad hoisted the chalice.
Seguin himself opened the scoring for a side that included St. Louis’s Ryan O’Reilly and Robby Fabbri, and Anaheim’s Brandon Montour and jumped to an early 3-0 lead. But Darnell Nurse’s group — which featured Oilers teammate McDavid, Montreal’s Max Domi, and Washington’s Brett Connolly — showed heart with three unanswered tallies.
O’Reilly beat a back-checking McDavid in the crease to snipe the clincher with just 21 ticks left on the St. Michael’s College Arena clock.
Smiling post-victory, Seguin — who drafted his squad, brainstormed lines on his drive in, and adjusted his lines on the fly — was not disappointed with the result.
For more on this, here’s Sportsnet’s Shawn McKenzie: