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Remembering Ray Emery by his incredible goalie masks

The flashy goaltender had a style all his own and will go down in history as having some of the coolest masks in NHL history.

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In case you somehow missed yesterday’s tragic news, former NHL goaltender Ray Emery has died at age 35, the result of an apparent drowning in Lake 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.

The former Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers and Anaheim Ducks goaltender was reportedly partying with some friends on a boat when he elected to take a late night swim into Lake Ontario. For reasons not yet clear, Emery never emerged from the water, until Ontario Provincial Police recovered his body the next morning. There’s no foul play suspected in Emery’s death, rather this seems like just an awful, tragic accident.

Emery, a Stanley Cup champion, a William M. Jennings Trophy winner and a two time Bill Masterton Trophy nominee, will go down in history as one of the most flashy and brash NHL goaltenders of all time. Razor, as he was known by teammates, was never one to back down from a challenge and earned himself a reputation as a legitimate NHL fighter, despite being a goaltender.

Razor's battling spirit was due in large part because of his tremendous love for professional boxing fan. Emery was a huge boxing fan and, while with the Senators organization, he even adorned his mask with boxing legends like Muhammed Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson. 

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RIP Ray Emery, the former NHL goalie who was such a fan of boxing that he featured many boxers (both real and fictional) on his mask designs over the years, from Muhammad Ali to Mike Tyson to Rocky Balboa

From there, Emery would go on to sport masks with incredible detail during his years with the Blackhawks and Flyers.

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No doubt about it, Razor was a man of style and taste. RIP, Razor. You may be gone, but your contributions to the sport of hockey will live on forever.