HAMILTON — Ray Emery, the previous NHL goaltender whose profession spanned greater than a decade and included stops in Ottawa, Chicago and Philadelphia, drowned in Hamilton Harbour on Sunday, police stated.
Insp. Marty Schulenberg stated Emery’s demise doesn’t seem like suspicious, calling it a “case of misadventure.”
Schulenberg stated Emery jumped off of a ship into the water close to the Leander Boat Membership to go swimming, and his mates known as emergency providers at about 6 a.m. Sunday when he did not resurface.
Emery, 35, performed for a number of groups all through his 11-year profession, profitable the William M. Jennings trophy — and the Stanley Cup — with the Blackhawks in 2013.
The uncommon goalie who did not hesitate to drop his gloves, Emery was concerned in a number of altercations on the ice, together with one in 2007 wherein he scuffled with Buffalo Sabres goalie Martin Biron.
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Biron was amongst these mourning Emery on-line Sunday.
“So unhappy. Ideas and prayers to his household and mates,” he wrote on Twitter.
Schulenberg stated Emery’s physique was discovered at about 2:50 p.m. Sunday, about 20 metres from the place he went into the water. He stated a submit mortem will probably be accomplished on Monday.
“Mr. Emery was taking a swim this morning and the circumstances round which might be part of the investigation,” stated Schulenberg.
“These particulars stay to be uncovered by our investigators.”
Schulenberg stated first responders weren’t in a position to find Emery immediately, and they also known as within the dive unit. He stated the search took longer than anticipated as a result of they’d to make sure the protection of the dive workforce.
“It is a prolonged course of and security is paramount to our divers,” he stated. “We have to take the time do it safely and that is what the delay was.”
A number of members of the NHL neighborhood, together with former teammates, coaches and executives who performed and labored with Emery expressed their condolences for the Hamilton native.
Mr. Emery was taking a swim this morning and the circumstances round which might be part of the investigation.Insp. Marty Schulenberg
Present Flyers captain Claude Giroux posted on Twitter: “Ray was an important teammate and an excellent higher buddy. Relaxation in peace Razor. I am going to miss you man.”
Emery performed junior hockey for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, the place Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas started his profession. Dubas posted about Emery’s demise on Twitter Sunday afternoon.
“Ray’s smile and intelligence made him a magnetic character,” Dubas wrote. “You at all times rooted for him to succeed in his huge potential, whilst he went by the various ups and downs of his taking part in profession.”
Former Leafs ahead James van Riemsdyk, who performed with Emery in Philadelphia, stated on Twitter: “So unhappy to listen to the tragic information about Ray Emery — was an important teammate and particular person.”
Ray was an important teammate and an excellent higher buddy. Relaxation in peace Razor. I am going to miss you man. pic.twitter.com/NNHNc1Swyd
— Claude Giroux (@28CGiroux) July 15, 2018
Ottawa Senators proprietor Eugene Melnyk additionally launched an announcement expressing condolences.
“Ray was instrumental in our run to the 2007 Stanley Cup Remaining, and at his greatest he introduced a aggressive edge and combative mentality to the sport. On behalf of our whole group, I want to prolong my deepest sympathies to Ray’s household, mates and family members,” stated Melnyk.
Emery battled avascular necrosis, the identical critical hip ailment that ended two-sport star Bo Jackson’s profession, and got here again to play. He and fellow Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford mixed to win the Jennings Trophy for permitting the league’s fewest targets in the course of the lockout-shortened 2013 season.
All through his profession, Emery handled off-ice issues, together with an incident of highway rage, assault of a coach in Russia and behavior that led to him being despatched house from Ottawa’s coaching camp.
— with recordsdata from Melissa Couto and The Related Press