Honoring Ray Emerys Career - RIP 31 ‘'Razor''

Published September 7, 2023 at 10:37 PM

When Ray Emery arrived at Blackhawks training camp before the 2011-12 season, he didn't have a contract, let alone a roster spot. Just a lot of confidence his career wasn't over.

Two years later, he left as a Stanley Cup champion.

Emery, who spent 11 seasons in the NHL and rejuvenated his career during two memorable seasons serving as Corey Crawford's backup, drowned in a swimming accident in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. He was 35 at the time.

He jumped off a boat near the Leander Boat Club to go swimming, and friends called emergency services at about 6 a.m. when he didn't resurface, police said. Inspector Marty Schulenberg called it a "case of misadventure."

Former Blackhawks and teammates spread their condolences.

«Lost my golfing buddy and best friend today,» former Hawk Dave Bolland tweeted. «Uncle Ray Ray touched a lot of hearts and people. Love and miss ya.»

«I will always remember Ray as a good person first & foremost,» friend and former teammate Dan Carcillo wrote on Twitter. «I envied his demeanor. He had a contagious personality. People were drawn to him. ... I will never forget his selflessness. Man this hurts. Rest easy Uncle Ray Ray.»

The Blackhawks also released a statement: «The Chicago Blackhawks organization was deeply saddened to hear of Ray Emery's passing. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. The Blackhawks will fondly remember Ray as a fierce competitor, a good teammate and a Stanley Cup champion.»
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