Ex-NHLer Ray Emery dead at 35, drowns in Hamilton Harbour
Monday, July 16, 2018, 9:16 AM - Former NHL goaltender and Stanley Cup winner Ray Emery is dead after drowning in Hamilton Harbour Sunday. Police confirmed Emery's body was found around 2:50 p.m. ET Sunday, eight hours after his friends called emergency services when Emery did not resurface after going for a swim off a boat around 6 a.m. ET.
Inspector Marty Schulenberg told media that Emery's death does not appear to be suspicious, calling it a "case of misadventure."
Emery, 35, played for several teams during his professional career, including the Ottawa Senators, a team he helped lead to a Stanley Cup final appearance in 2006-07. Emery would later win a Stanley Cup as a memeber of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013.
A post-mortem is expected to be completed Monday.
Emery was a popular figure in the NHL community, prompting several former and current players and management to issue condolences on social media, including Rich Clune, who was with Emery in Hamilton on Saturday night at a hockey charity event, and posted a heartfelt message and photo of Emery lacing up the skates not 24 hours prior.
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk also released a statement expressing condolences.
"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 organization, I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Ray's family, friends and loved ones," said Melnyk.
Much of southern Ontario, including Hamilton and the areas around western Lake Ontario, was under heat advisories over the weekend as temperatures edged into the mid-30s, with humidex values near 40. This latest round of extreme heat left waterways and beaches packed with swimmers, boaters, and residents looking to escape the high temperatures and oppressive humidity. A cold front forecast to move through on Monday will put an end to this current hot spell, with large thunderstorms and torrential downpours expected across the region.
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