Former Blackhawks goaltender Ray Emery passed away in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario at the age of 35, as confirmed by local police.
Hamilton Police identified Emery as the victim of a swimming accident that took place Sunday morning, although his body was recovered later in the day.
According to The Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Blackhawks issued the following statement in light of Emery’s passing:
“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.”
On his official Twitter account, friend and former teammate Dan Carcillo wrote the following:
“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 will never forget his selflessness. Man this hurts. Rest easy Uncle Ray Ray.”
In an email with USA Today, Emery’s longtime agent J.P. Barry also issued the following statement:
“Ray had many highs and lows in his personal life and his career.”
“He never let things that would derail most of us stop his forward momentum. He had a big heart and a fun loving personality. He was someone we all rooted for to succeed.”
During his career, Emery helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 2013 and helped the Ottawa Senators reach the final in 2007, ultimately playing in 326 NHL regular-season and playoff games. He was also known by the nickname, “Razor,” in part from his aggressive style.
What is Ray Emery’s official cause of death?
According to The Chicago Tribune, Hamilton Police said that Emery’s official cause of death would be released shortly after a post-mortem.
As this story is developing, more information will be released as made available.