Ex-Ottawa Senators goalie Ray Emery ID'd as man who drowned in Hamilton Harbour
Former Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery has been identified as the man who drowned in Hamilton Harbour on Sunday morning..
Hamilton police said in a statement the 35-year-old was swimming with friends when he failed to resurface.
The statement said officers were called to the Harbour West Marina near Leander Boat Club in downtown Hamilton at around 6 a.m. on Sunday with reports a man may have drowned.
Police said they recovered the body at 2:50 p.m., and confirmed that Emery had been identified as the man whose body was found.
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.
— Hamilton Police (@HamiltonPolice) July 15, 2018
Born in Hamilton, Emery played in the NHL for 11 seasons after being chosen 99th overall by the Senators in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
He led the Ottawa Senators to the Stanley Cup finals in the 2006-2007 season and won a Stanley Cup in 2013 with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Emery made NHL history in 2013 while playing for the Blackhawks after securing 12 consecutive wins to start of the season. He finished the year with a 1.94 goals-against average and a 0.922 save percentage.
During his career, he also spent time with the Philadelphia Flyers and Anaheim Ducks.
Kyle Dubas, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, tweeted he is shocked by the news of Emery’s passing.
“Ray’s smile and intelligence made him a magnetic personality,” it read. “You always rooted for him to reach his vast potential as he went through the many ups and downs of his playing career.”
Meanwhile, Hamilton police said they’re continuing to investigate the circumstances leading up to Emery’s drowning. Funeral details haven’t been released.
We are so saddened by the tragic death of Ray Emery. RIP Razor. You will be missed
— CAA Hockey (@CAAHockey) July 15, 2018