It was announced on Sunday that former Soo Greyhounds star goaltender Ray Emery has died at the age of 35.
Police in Hamilton, Ontario have confirmed that Emery drowned early Sunday morning while swimming with friends near the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club.
Police Inspector Marty Schulenberg told The Hamilton Spectator “They went out for a swim and unfortunately he did not emerge after diving in. 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.”
Emery, who selected by the Soo Greyhounds in the 5th round (102nd overall) in 1999, played three seasons with them from 1999-2002.
In 2002, Emery became the first and only Soo Greyhound goaltender to be named the OHL’s Goaltender of the Year.
He also became the first and only Soo Greyhound goaltender to be named the CHL’s Goaltender of the Year the same season (2002).
Emery, who was drafted in the 4th round (99th overall) by the Ottawa Senators in 2001, played in the NHL for eleven seasons, splitting time with the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks.
Emery won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks back in 2013, before winning sharing the William M. Jennings Trophy with goaltender and teammate Corey Crawford for allowing the fewest goals against in a minimum of 25 games played.
During his time with the Hounds, Emery was a teammate of five other members who went on to play full time in the NHL, including Trevor Daley, Jeff Carter, Brian McGrattan, Brad Staubitz and the late Josef Vasicek.