Goaltender Ray Emery in net for the Ottawa Senators in 2007. Emery died in an apparent drowning in Hamilton on July 15, 2018. Photo courtesy C.P. Storm/Wikipedia.

Former NHL Goalie Emery Dead In Apparent Drowning

Former NHL goaltender Ray Emery has died, according to police.

Hamilton Police confirm via their Twitter account that Emery’s body was found around 2:50pm Sunday in Lake Ontario, in the Hamilton Harbour. He was 35.

Police say Emery had gone swimming early in the morning with friends in the water near the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club. Around 6am, Emery went under and did not resurface.

Emergency responders were called when Emery failed to reappear, resulting in a heavy police presence in the area.

Emery’s body was recovered not far from where he was last seen.

Emery, a Hamilton native, had played as a goalie for four NHL teams, most notably the Ottawa Senators, where he backstopped the Senators’ current incarnation to their first-ever appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007.

He was drafted by the Senators in 2001, having played his junior hockey for the OHL Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He joined the big-league club in the 2005-06 season, filling in for the injured Dominik Hasek. He set a record of nine straight wins to start his NHL career.

He spent the 2008-09 season with the Russian club Atlant Moscow Oblast before returning to the NHL the following year with the Philadelphia Flyers. He played in just 29 games with them due to injury. Emery played a part of the 2010-11 season with the Anaheim Ducks, then two years with the Chicago Blackhawks. In the lockout-shortened year of 2013, he set a record of 12 straight wins to start a season and won his only Stanley Cup. Emery also won the Jennings Trophy that season.

Emery played one more season with the Flyers and had stints with the Toronto Marlies and the German club Adler Mannheim before retiring after the 2015-16 season.