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Former NHL goalie Ray Emery found dead

July 16 2018 2:26 AM

Stanley Cup winner and former NHL goalie Ray Emery died aged 35 on Sunday.   

Emery was found dead at Hamilton Harbor in Ontario after he was reported missing earlier in the day, according to Hamilton Police.   

He was reportedly swimming with friends at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club around 06:00 (local time) when he did not resurface. Rescue efforts were switched to recovery as the hours went by.   

"They went out for a swim and unfortunately he did not emerge after diving in," Inspector Marty Schulenberg told The Hamilton Spectator. "We responded along with Hamilton Fire and EMS. Unfortunately, our efforts on the water and in the area just around the piers were met with negative results."

A 2013 Stanley Cup winner with the Chicago Blackhawks, Emery also played for the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers and the Anaheim Ducks during his 11 seasons in NHL.   

"The Chicago Blackhawks organisation was deeply saddened to hear of Ray Emery's passing," the Blackhawks said in a statement. "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."

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk added: "On behalf of the Ottawa Senators, I wish to express my sincere condolences on the passing of Ray Emery/  

"Ray was instrumental in our run to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final, and at his best he brought a competitive edge and combative mentality to the game. On behalf of our entire organisation, I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Ray's family, friends and loved ones."

"The Philadelphia Flyers are stunned and extremely saddened to hear of the tragic passing of former Flyers goaltender Ray Emery," a statement read. "Ray was an outstanding team-mate and an extremely gifted goaltender. He had exceptional athleticism, was a fierce competitor and battled in every game he played with the Flyers. His performances through the 2009-10 season were a very big part of the team's success in making the playoffs and reaching the Stanley Cup Final.  

"Ray's talent, work ethic and determination helped him enjoy a successful 11-year NHL career. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time." 

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