Hamilton Police confirmed the death of former NHL goaltender Ray Emery on Sunday afternoon.
Emery was identified as a drowning victim in a swimming accident in the Hamilton Harbour. Just after 6 am, police received a call about a swimmer that did not resurface from the water. At 2:50 pm, Emery’s body was found nearby the Hamilton Yacht Club.
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
Nicknamed “Razor,” Emery was an 11-year veteran in the NHL, Emery started his career with the Ottawa Senators, where he backstopped them to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007. Emery also suited up with the Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks and with the Chicago Blackhawks. He was on the Blackhawks roster when they won the Stanley Cup in 2013. Emery last played in the NHL with the Flyers in the 2014-15 season during his second stint with the club.
Reactions around the league and in the hockey world came pouring in.
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
RIP Ray Emery. Thanks for helping make that 2013 Blackhawks team so unbelievably special pic.twitter.com/b4Iyaa7G9S— Alex Patt (@chifanpatt1) July 15, 2018
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk issues statement on the passing of Ray Emery: https://t.co/6lrQiaaoyU— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) July 15, 2018
So sad to hear the news of Ray Emery. You will be missed bro! #RIPRazor— Scott Hartnell (@Hartsy43) July 15, 2018
My Best friend. My Brother. I love you! pic.twitter.com/YWDX2jm55t— Brian McGrattan (@bigern10) 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
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
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
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
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
Just now seeing the news of the drowning of former NHL goaltender and former Flyer Ray Emery. RIP Razor. He was a real good guy and gone too soon. pic.twitter.com/LCuwSg9W6g— Jason Myrtetus (@jasonmyrt) July 15, 2018
Horrible to hear about the tragic passing of Ray Emery. He was an incredible NHL goalie that accomplished so much in the game, a lot of which went under the radar. He was also one of my favorite @TorontoMarlies teammates in his brief time with us. Rest In Peace to a legend #Razor— Garret Sparks (@GSparks40) July 15, 2018
Rip Ray Emery. Sad news— Tony DeAngelo (@TonyDee07) July 15, 2018
Shocked and saddened to hear the news today. Always a great teammate.. RIP Razor #rayemery— RJ Umberger (@Umby18) 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
Talked a bunch of Ray Emery’s teammates today, so many of them echoing the same sentiment. “You were just drawn to him,” one said. “He was always positive, always upbeat.” https://t.co/pcKNh9gGTI— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 15, 2018
Ray Emery was a rather delightful character, which being a hockey player was why he always stood out. He didn’t always do the right things. He didn’t always say the right things. But he had this rather unforgettable presence. Gone way too soon. RIP Ray.— steve simmons (@simmonssteve) July 15, 2018
The Flyers Alumni Association is greatly saddened to learn of the tragic passing today of our teammate and friend, Ray Emery, in Hamilton Harbour earlier today. "Razor" will be greatly missed by all who knew him. pic.twitter.com/rTfTi7Qirp— Flyers Alumni (@FlyersAlumni) July 15, 2018
Rest In Peace Ray Emery. Sad day for the Kings/Reign family as well as whole hockey world 😥 pic.twitter.com/Z55IUyRour— Bailey LA Kings (@BaileyLAKings) July 15, 2018
The entire Warrior Hockey family is saddened to hear of the passing of former NHL goaltender and Warrior PRO, Ray Emery. Our thoughts and condolences are with the entire Emery family at this most difficult time.— Warrior Hockey (@WarriorHockey) July 15, 2018
Shocked to hear the news of Ray Emery. Rest in Peace.— Zach Fucale (@Fucale31) July 15, 2018
Ray Emery was 35 years old.