The Hamilton Police have confirmed that Canadian athlete and former NHL-goalie Ray Emery drowned in Lake Ontario on Sunday.
The hockey player went swimming off a boat early Sunday morning and police were called when his body did not resurface at around 6:00 AM. The police were looking in the lake all morning after his disappearance.
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
Emery was born in Cayuga, Ontario, about 40 minutes away from Hamilton. His body was found earlier this afternoon about 20 metres where he was last seen swimming.
Many Canadian hockey players have been quick to honour the player, who was on NHL teams like the Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers, and the Canadian team, Ottawa Senators.
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk on Ray Emery: 'Ray was instrumental in our run to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final, and at his best he brought a competitive edge and combative mentality to the game.' pic.twitter.com/D2AipkPbT4— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) July 15, 2018
On the passing of Ray Emery… pic.twitter.com/aR17IBFE0d— Kyle Dubas (@kyledubas) July 15, 2018
Emery was also known for his engagement to Keisha Chante. Their messy relationship ended in 2017 with Chante accusing Emrey of abusing her several times during 2016.
Police stated that the cause of death for Emery is still being investigated at this time.