Retired goalkeeper Ray Emery, who helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 2013 and helped the Ottawa Senators reach the final in 2007, drowned in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. I was 35 years old.
Hamilton police said Emery was identified as the victim of the swimming accident on Sunday morning. Sergeant Paul Evans said that the police received a call after 6 a.m. that an adult swimmer did not surface and that the Niagara Police helped in the recovery effort. Emery's body was recovered on Sunday afternoon.
Emery's body was recovered just before 3 p.m. Sunday. Hamilton police said the cause of death would be confirmed after an autopsy.
"The Chicago Blackhawks organization was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Ray Emery," the team said in a statement on Sunday. "We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends, the Blackhawks will fondly remember Ray as a fierce competitor, a good teammate and a Stanley Cup champion."
Nicknamed "Razor" for his aggressive style, Emery played parts of 11 seasons with the Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers and Anaheim Ducks from 2003-2015. He helped the Senators reach the final of the Stanley Cup in 2007 and won it as a reserve with the Blackhawks in 2013.
During the 2013 season, Emery recorded an average of 1.94 goals against in 21 games, which helped the Hawks to a 21-0-3 start the shortened blocking season. He and Corey Crawford shared the Jennings Trophy as the team allowed the least number of goals in the NHL that season.
Emery played in the charity hockey game of Zac Rinaldo on Saturday night in Hamilton. After spreading the news of his death, condolences came from the hockey community.
"I will always remember Ray as a good person first of all," wrote his friend and former teammate Dan Carcillo on Twitter. "I envied his behavior, he had a contagious personality, people were attracted to him … I will never forget his altruism, he hurts, rest easy, Uncle Ray Ray"
Emery fought against avascular necrosis, it would be hip that ended with the career of two athletes in the career of Bo Jackson and returned to play.
Throughout his career, Emery dealt with ice problems, including a fury incident on the highway, a Russian coach's badault and behavior that led to "Ray's smile and intelligence made him a personality magnetic, "said Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas, who knew Emery of junior hockey and the goalkeeper's season in Marlies of the American Hockey League. "He always rooted for him to reach his vast potential even as he went through the many ups and downs of his playing career."
Condolences came out of the hockey community on Sunday after news of Emery's death spread.
Ray was an excellent teammate and an extremely talented goalkeeper, "said Flyers president Paul Holmgren." Ray's talent, work ethic and determination helped him enjoy a successful 11-year career the NHL. "
" Ray was a great teammate and a best friend, "wrote Flyers captain Claude Giroux ." Rest in peace Razor. I will miss you. "
Former teammates praised Emery's mentorship and leadership, especially in his last professional season in the AHL in 2015-16, Enforcer turned badyst Paul Bissonnette, a teammate with the AHL Ontario Reign said that Emery would treat other players to dinner almost every night.
"I had not heard anything other than great things before I met him and it was true," Bissonnette said. "It was incredible. Great in the locker room and just made life pleasant "