Former goaltender Ray Emery, who played for four different NHL teams over 11 seasons unfortunately drowned early Sunday while swimming at a yacht club in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He was 35.
Hamilton Police tweeted that Emery’s body was recovered from the city’s harbor shortly before 3 p.m., near where he was last seen approximately nine hours earlier. The Hamilton Spectator reported that Emery was with a group of people on a friend’s boat when they decided to jump in the water.
“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.”
“They went out for a swim and unfortunately he did not emerge after diving in,” Hamilton Police Inspector Martin Schulenberg told the Spectator. “Unfortunately, our efforts on the water and in the area just around the piers were met with negative results.”
So sad to hear the tragic news about Ray Emery- was a great teammate and person #rip
— James van Riemsdyk (@JVReemer21) July 15, 2018
So sad to hear the news of Ray Emery. You will be missed bro! #RIPRazor
— Scott Hartnell (@Hartsy43) July 15, 2018
FOX NEWS reports that former teammates lauded Emery’s mentorship and leadership, especially in his final professional season in the AHL in 2015-16. Enforcer-turned-analyst Paul Bissonnette, a teammate with the AHL’s Ontario (Calif.) Reign, said Emery would treat other players to dinner almost every night.
Soeben haben wir von der tragischen Nachricht unseres ehemaligen Keepers erfahren: Ray #Emery ist bei einem Schwimmunfall ums Leben gekommen. Unser tief empfundenes Beileid sowie unser aufrichtiges Mitgefühl gelten seiner Familie und seinen Freunden. #RIP, Razer!! ????????????#trauer pic.twitter.com/tfvjKOGsdU
— Adler Mannheim (@adlermannheim) July 15, 2018
Translation- We have just heard about the tragic news of our former keepers: Raydied in a swimming accident. Our heartfelt condolences and sincere compassion are for his family and friends. , Razer!! ????????????
The most memorable moment from that season is Emery’s fight against Buffalo Sabres goalie Martin Biron, a scrap that earned him 22 penalty minutes — including not one, but two five-minute majors for fighting.
Emery struggled to control his temper and his career was marked by several confrontations with teammates and coaches. There was also an incident of road rage, assault of a trainer in Russia and behavior that led to him being sent home from Ottawa’s training camp.
— NHL (@NHL) July 15, 2018
This past September, Emery was arrested and accused of assaulting his ex-fiancee, singer Keshia Chante, over three months between July and September 2016. Emery was released on bail and it was not immediately clear how the matter was resolved.
The cause of Emery’s drowning is under investigation.
We send our condolences to his family and friends and will keep them in our prayers.
Rest in peace brother.