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Former Flyers goalie Ray Emery drowns while swimming

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Former NHL goaltender Ray Emery died early Sunday morning after drowning while swimming with friends, according to the Hamilton Police.

According to the Hamilton Police Department, Emery was reported missing just after 6 a.m. Sunday in Hamilton Harbour, which lies on the western tip of Lake Ontario. His body was recovered in close proximity to where he was last seen later in the afternoon, police said.

The cause of death will be confirmed following an examination.

“They went out for a swim and unfortunately he did not emerge after diving in,” police 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.”

Emery played with the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks in 11 NHL seasons. He gained Philly love during the 2013-14 season after picking a fight with Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, which effectively turned the Flyers’ season around. That was Emery’s second go-around with the Flyers, as he played with the club in 2009-2010, then returned from 2013-2015.

Flyers president Paul Holmgren has released a statement:

More reaction:

Our condolences are with Emery’s family and friends during this difficult time.

 


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