Former NHL goalie Ray Emery was found dead Sunday afternoon at Hamilton Harbor in Ontario after he was reported missing earlier that morning, according to Hamilton Police. He was 35 years old.
Police are still confirming the cause of death, but reports surfaced that it was presumed drowning.
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
The NHL community shared its condolences after the news was announced.
We are saddened to hear about the tragic passing of #NHLAlumni and former goalie Ray Emery. Our deepest condolences go out to his friends and family pic.twitter.com/kynSigeYRM
— NHL Alumni (@NHLAlumni) July 15, 2018
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk issues statement on the passing of Ray Emery: https://t.co/6lrQiaaoyU
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) July 15, 2018
Statement from @MapleLeafs GM @kyledubas on death of #RayEmery https://t.co/H81JfxVgQB
— Simon Ostler (@SimonOstler) July 15, 2018
The NHLPA’s players and staff send our heartfelt condolences to Ray Emery’s family and friends, following the terrible tragedy that occurred earlier today. Ray will be missed by his many friends within the hockey community.
— NHLPA (@NHLPA) July 15, 2018
Emery, 35, was reportedly swimming with friends at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club around 6 a.m. when he didn’t resurface. Rescue efforts were switched to recovery as the hours went by.
“They went out for a swim and unfortunately he did not emerge after diving in,” 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 in the NHL from 2003-2015 for the Senators, Ducks, Blackhawks and Flyers. He was with the Blackhawks during the 2012-13 season, when they won the Stanley Cup.
He was arrested last year after his ex-fiancee claimed he beat her multiple times.