Retired NHL goaltender Ray Emery, who helped the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 2013, drowned in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, on Sunday. He was 35.
Hamilton Police said Emery was identified as the victim of a swimming incident. Emery’s body was recovered before 3 p.m. Sunday. Hamilton Police said a cause of death would be confirmed after a post-mortem.
Emery, who was nicknamed “Razor” for his aggressive playing style between the pipes, played parts of 11 NHL seasons with the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago.
Emery joined the Blackhawks on a tryout contract in July 2011 before earning a one-year deal in October. He posted a 15-9-4 record, including a 10-0-3 mark at home, with a 2.81 goals-against average in 34 regular-season games. The Hawks signed him to a one-year extension after the season.
Emery showed why he deserved the $1.15 million deal early with an NHL-record 12 straight wins to start the 2013 season. By the season’s end, Emery had 17 wins and a 1.94 GAA. Emery and fellow netminder Corey Crawford combined to post the best GAA in the NHL to win the William M. Jennings Trophy. The duo would help Chicago win their second Cup in three seasons .
The news of his death felt by former teammates turned friends in the hockey community.
The NHLPA’s players and staff send our heartfelt condolences to Ray Emery’s family and friends, following the terrible tragedy that occurred earlier today. Ray will be missed by his many friends within the hockey community.— NHLPA (@NHLPA) 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
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ray’s family and friends. Rest in peace, Razor. pic.twitter.com/fInQmuXCWJ— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) July 15, 2018
Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Ray Emery, our former goaltender, who passed away early this morning. pic.twitter.com/QmZJpd7hcM— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) July 15, 2018
I took this picture of Ray last night at the charity event Hockey Night in Hamilton. I was going to text it to him today and tease him about making a comeback to pro hockey. It was fun to catch up with him last night. I met Razor some years ago early in my career and was briefly his teammate a couple years ago on the Marlies. I always thought Ray was a kind soul deep down and we had a few conversations over the years and connected on some things about life other than playing hockey. It was great to see the smiles on everyone’s face last night as Ray entertained with some great saves and signed autographs. He was in great spirits all night and was telling a friend and myself that he was starting to feel better after retiring as he was getting involved in some real estate ventures and coaching goaltenders. It’s crazy to think he’s no longer with us in body, but his spirit will live on. It’s important to cherish our lives moment to moment. Rest In Peace Razor.
I am fucking crushed. You will be missed deeply Ray. I love you man.— Daniel Carcillo (@CarBombBoom13) July 15, 2018
I will always remember Ray as a good person first & foremost. I envied his demeanor. He had a contagious personality. People were drawn to him. I made close friendships bc of him @DaveBolland I will never forget his selflessness. Man this hurts. Rest easy Uncle Ray Ray pic.twitter.com/hWsl9SNVwE— Daniel Carcillo (@CarBombBoom13) July 15, 2018
Lost my golfing buddy and best friend today. Uncle Ray Ray touched a lot of hearts and people. Love and miss ya https://t.co/BekxgI5Dgm— Dave Bolland (@DaveBolland) July 15, 2018
The Tootoo family is very sadden to hear the news on the passing of Ray Emery today. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. #RIPrazor— Jordin Tootoo (@Jtootoo22) July 15, 2018
Ray was a great teammate and an even better friend. Rest in peace Razor. I’ll miss you man. pic.twitter.com/NNHNc1Swyd— Claude Giroux (@28CGiroux) July 15, 2018
At a loss for words. An incredible teammate and stall mate. Rip razor— Scott Laughton (@Laughts21) July 15, 2018
So sad to hear the tragic news about Ray Emery- was a great teammate and person #rip— James van Riemsdyk (@JVReemer21) July 15, 2018
“All the statistics in the world can’t measure the warmth of a smile...”— Bernie Parent (@BernieParent1) July 15, 2018
Rest In Peace my friend, Ray Emery#Razor @NHL @NHLFlyers @FlyersAlumni @NHLAlumni pic.twitter.com/I6SX5cKq8c
I can still remember watching this and pretending to be “Emery” as the mini stick goalie in my basement like it was just yesterday. Gone too soon.— Ben Harpur (@bharpur95) July 15, 2018
My thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest In Peace. https://t.co/PxTF6JsP3o