In case you somehow missed Sunday’s tragic news, former NHL goaltender Ray Emery has died at age 35, the result of an apparent drowning in Lake Ontario in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario.
At 2:50 pm, HPS recovered the body of former NHL player Ray Emery, 35. Emery was reported missing just after 6:00 am in HamOnt harbour. His body was recovered in close proximity to where he was last seen. Family has been notified. Cause of death to be confirmed pending a PM.
Yesterday afternoon, Hamilton police officially ruled out any foul play or suspicious activity in Emery’s death, issuing the following statement to the Associated Press:
HAMILTON — Police say the drowning of former NHL goalie Ray Emery does not appear suspicious.
The 35-year-old player whose career spanned more than a decade drowned in Hamilton Harbour on Sunday.Police say he jumped off a boat near the Leander Boat Club to go swimming, and friends called emergency services at about 6 a.m. when he didn’t resurface. Inspector Marty Schulenberg calls it a “case of misadventure.”
Schulenberg adds that Emery’s body was found at about 2:50 p.m. Sunday, about 20 yards from where he went into the water. He says first responders were not able to locate Emery right away so they called the dive unit.
Emery played for Ottawa, Chicago and Philadelphia and won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2013.
As was first speculated, it appears that the death of the former Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers and Anaheim Ducks goaltender was merely a tragic accident. Emery was just 35 years old at the time of his death and was just three seasons removed from an NHL career that saw him play 287 games across 11 seasons. He had reportedly laced up the skates and strapped on the pads on the evening prior to his death, playing alongside other Hamilton based NHLers like Rich Clune and Zac Rinaldo in a charity hockey games.
I’m lost for words. My brother. My teammate. My homie. I could always count on you to be there for me whenever I needed you. On the ice and off the ice. Hamilton won’t be the same without your big smile and your bright personality. I’m just so glad you got to play in my charity event and do what you loved to do one last time my brother. Signing autographs for kids. Taking pictures with kids who looked up to you. You impacted So many lives ! I will always think of you and remember the good times we had. HEROS GET REMEMBERED BUT LEGENDS NEVER DIE. I LOVE YOU BRO. REST IN PEACE.
Rest in peace, Ray Emery.