Former NHL goaltender Ray Emery dies at age 35

Ray Emery (Wikimedia Commons)

Former National Hockey League goaltender Ray Emery of Hamilton, Ontario passed away on Sunday at age 35.While going swimming, Emery reportedly drowned in the Hamilton Harbour according to Hamilton Police.

Emery played 11 NHL seasons from 2002 to 2015 with the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks. As a backup goaltender to Corey Crawford of Montreal, Quebec, Emery won a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2013.

Even though Emery was the backup to Crawford in Chicago in 2012-13, one could argue that was his finest NHL season statistically. In 21 games, Emery had an amazing record of 17 wins, one loss, a goals against average of 1.94, save percentage of .922 and three shutouts. He also won the William M. Jennings Trophy that year with Crawford.

In 287 NHL career regular season games, Emery had a record of 145 wins, 86 regulation losses and 28 ties or losses in extra time. He had 16 shutouts, a goals against average of 2.70 and a save percentage of .906.

Emery was drafted in the fourth round, 99th overall, by the Senators in the 2001 National Hockey League Entry Draft. He played his junior career with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League. Emery was also once in a relationship with former Juno Award winner Keshia Chante of Ottawa, Ontario.


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