Former NHL goaltender Ray Emery passed away today in Hamilton, Ontario.
Emery was with friends swimming in the Hamilton Harbor when he went under and never surfaced.
Although Ray Emery was never really a starter, playing more than 40 games in a season only once, he was in the NHL for 11 seasons.
Emery was the backup goalie for the 2013 Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks. Emery did solid in the lockout-shortened season, going an incredible 17-1 in 21 games and 19 starts. He posted a goals-against average of 1.93 and a save percentage of .922 to go along with three shutouts. The 2013 Blackhawks also won the Jennings Trophy for the fewest goals given up in a regular season. Emery was a key part to the memorable 26-game point streak to begin that season and will be remembered by Blackhawks fans, despite not playing at all in the playoffs.
Emery was a two-time Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy finalist, which is given to an NHL player who shows dedication and perseverance for the game of hockey.
Ray Emery played for the Ottawa Senators, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Anaheim Ducks, and the Chicago Blackhawks throughout his NHL career that lasted over a decade. Emery was drafted 99th overall by the Senators in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He was Emery was only 35 years old.
May he rest in peace.