On Sunday, photojournalist Andrew Collins reported that the victim of an early morning drowning at Hamilton Harbor, Ontario was Ray Emery, the former NHL goalie. 35-year-old Emery was swimming with friends at the harbor and never surfaced. The Hamilton Spectator first reported that a man in his early 30s had drowned near the docks at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club.
Inspector Marty Schulenberg of the Hamilton Police spoke to The Spectator on Sunday morning “They went out for a swim and unfortunately he did not emerge after diving in,” he said. “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.”
Friends and first responders have identified victim in early morning drowning at the Hamilton Harbour as former @NHL goalie Ray Emery. Ray played the @ottawasenators, @NHLBlackhawks, @AnaheimDucks and the @NHLFlyers. He was swimming with several friends & never surfaced #HamOnt pic.twitter.com/QpD2tNwDzs
— Andrew Collins (@ACollinsPhoto) July 15, 2018
Over his 11-year career, Emery played for the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks, and Chicago Blackhawks. He won a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2013. He is perhaps best known amongst Capitals fans for his scrap with Braden Holtby when they played the Flyers during the 2013-14 season.
R.I.P Ray Emery. Will always be remembered for 2013 pic.twitter.com/yzVjXyrdVs
— Nick (@zetterhut) July 15, 2018
Hamilton Police confirmed the earlier reported news that they had recovered the body of Ray Emery from Hamilton Harbor.
At 2:50 pm, HPS recovered the body of former @NHL player Ray Emery, 35. Emery was reported missing just after 6:00 am in #HamOnt harbour. His body was recovered in close proximity to where he was last seen. Family has been notified. Cause of death to be confirmed pending a PM.
— Hamilton Police (@HamiltonPolice) July 15, 2018
Headline photo: Patrick Smith
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