Terrible news on Sunday: former NHL goalie Ray Emery passed away at age 35.
Toronto photojournalist Andrew Collins first reported the sad news, which was confirmed by Hamilton Police. Multiple reporters, including Collins, indicate that drowning was the cause of death.
The Ottawa Senators drafted Emery in the fourth round (99th overall) in 2001, and some of Emery’s best moments happened with the Sens, including a run to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final. Emery played in 287 NHL regular-season games and 39 playoff contests, also suiting up with the Anaheim Ducks, Philadelphia Flyers, and Chicago Blackhawks. Emery last played in the NHL in 2014-15 with the Flyers, while his last hockey season came in 2015-16, when he split that campaign between the AHL and Germany’s DEL.
In 2012-13, Emery and Corey Crawford were awarded the William Jennings Trophy, which is handed to the goalie (or in that case, goalies) who produced the lowest GAA during the regular season. He also enjoyed a moment with the Stanley Cup during his time with Chicago:
Emery stood out thanks to his personality as much as his goaltending, with his one-sided fight against Braden Holtby ranking as one of his most memorable moments in the NHL.
While his NHL career was brief, Emery made an impact, as you can see from an outpouring of emotion from fans and former teammates, including Daniel Carcillo and James van Riemsdyk. Plenty of people around the hockey world also shared their condolences, including Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas, who was familiar with Emery during his stint with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.
Senators owner Eugene Melnyk released a statement in memory of Emery.
“On behalf of the Ottawa Senators, I wish to express my sincere condolences on the passing of Ray Emery. Ray was instrumental in our run to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final, and at his best he brought a competitive edge and combative mentality to the game. On behalf of our entire organization, I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Ray’s family, friends and loved ones.”
News Source: sports.yahoo.com
Ray Emery forever.
— etienne (@etiiiennne) July 15, 2018
One of the toughest goalies ever, laughing as he’s getting punched, gone but will never be forgotten RIP Ray Emery stick tap for you 🏒 pic.twitter.com/bEH4U5uSHY
— The Hockey Hangout (@HockeyHangout) July 15, 2018
Ray Emery was everything that was wrong with violent hockey and that's why he had a special place in Philly. I'll always remember him murdering Braden Holtby to resurrect this Flyers season.
R.I.P Ray Emery. pic.twitter.com/HWMIEJGOSm
— DelcoDelphia (@DelcoDelphia) July 15, 2018
Horrible to hear about Ray Emery. He was an incredible teammate. #Razor
— William Nylander (@wmnylander) July 15, 2018
So saddened of the tragic news of Ray Emery’s passing. We played together for only a short time but he was a great teammate and competitor. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. May he Rest In Peace. 🙏
— Nick Foligno (@NickFoligno) July 15, 2018
So sad to hear the news of Ray Emery. You will be missed bro! #RIPRazor
— Scott Hartnell (@Hartsy43) July 15, 2018
Rest In Peace Razor Ray Emery. pic.twitter.com/h7B3As9zF2
— Josh Bright (@DaPriceIsBright) July 15, 2018
RIP Ray Emery. Thanks for helping make that 2013 Blackhawks team so unbelievably special pic.twitter.com/b4Iyaa7G9S
— Alex Patt (Nick Foles Supporter) (@chifanpatt1) July 15, 2018
RIP Ray Emery 🙏. 35. Way too soon. pic.twitter.com/q3nFIld8SU
— Pavel Barber (@HeyBarber) July 15, 2018
The loss of Ray Emery at age 35 is tragic. Like all of us, he was imperfect, but here's where you hope his spirit really does find the "peace" in "rest in peace". Condolences to his family and friends.
— Adam Proteau (@Proteautype) July 15, 2018
Just heard the awful news regarding Ray Emery. He was a great guy. So sad. #RIPRay.
— Mike Commodore (@commie22) July 15, 2018
The Chicago Blackhawks organization was deeply saddened to hear of Ray Emery’s passing. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. The Blackhawks will fondly remember Ray as a fierce competitor, a good teammate and a Stanley Cup champion. pic.twitter.com/Q2gm0gG6sZ
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) July 15, 2018
We are saddened by the news of Ray Emery's passing. Our condolences go out to Ray’s family and friends. https://t.co/nMNCdJQSyY pic.twitter.com/Pjy2QwcuB8
— NHL (@NHL) July 15, 2018
Ray Emery will forever be a legend for this moment. He may not be with us any more physically but that spirit will live forever. RIP to an absolute beauty of a human. Terrible. pic.twitter.com/kHzOP1VHHn
— Jordie 🔵 (@BarstoolJordie) July 15, 2018
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