Prayers are needed for the friends and family of a sports start who died tragically while diving into a harbor in Ontario, Canada.
According to Hamilton Police, Ray Emery, who played for four NHL teams over 11 seasons, winning a Stanley Cup with one of them, drowned early Sunday morning when he did not surface from the harbor waters at a yacht club in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He was 35.
His body was recovered shortly before 3 p.m. after a nine-hour search, reported The Hamilton Spectator. He was with a group of friends on a friend’s boat when he decided to jump into the water.
"They went out for a swim and unfortunately he did not emerge after diving in," Hamilton Police Inspector Martin Schulenberg said. "Unfortunately, our efforts on the water and in the area just around the piers were met with negative results."
Police believe his death was “a case of misadventure.”
Emery played for the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL. In 2013, he won a Stanley Cup championship with the Blackhawks, sharing the William M. Jennings Trophy for goal-tending that year. After winning the Stanley Cup, he brought it to Hamilton, his hometown.
Those who knew him spoke up quickly, mourning his loss. One of Emery’s teammates, James van Riemsdyk, tweeted, “So sad to hear the tragic news about Ray Emery-was a great teammate and person.” Another former teammate, Scott Hartnell, tweeted, “So sad to hear the news of Ray Emery. You will be missed bro!”
Paul Bissonnette, a teammate of Emery when they played on the AHL’s Ontario, California Reign, said that Emery would treat other players to dinner almost every night, according to Fox News.
“I’d heard nothing but great things before meeting him and it was true,” Bissonnette said. “He was awesome. Great in the locker room and just made life enjoyable.”
Please take a moment to remember and celebrate Ray Emery’s life and legacy, and to pray for his loved ones mourning his loss. Be sure to catch a new glimpse of Duchess Kate in her portrait with Prince Louis.