In case you missed it, former NHL goaltender Ray Emery has died as a result of drowning in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. The news was first reported by Toronto area photojournalist Andrew Collins in the social media post below:
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.
Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have now confirmed that Emery is deceased and that they have recovered his body.
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 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 2013 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. In fact, the veteran Emery finished 7th in Vezina Trophy voting for the 2012-13 season.
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.
Check it out:
Poor Holtby, he never really had a fair shot.
Source: Hamilton Police
Photo Credit: Zuma Press