Earlier today, Hamilton Police confirmed that Ray Emery, a former NHL player and Canadian athlete passed away due to drowning. The Canadian athlete was best known for his time playing for the Ottawa Senators, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers.
Emery was only 35 years old when he drowned. Fans and the hockey community are shocked to learn that he passed away so suddenly.
According to reports, Emery was swimming off a boat early Sunday morning and police were called when he didn't resurface. All morning, officials have been looking for his body.
Around 2:50 PM, his body was finally recovered and officials confirmed that it was Emery that had passed away in Lake Ontario.
Since then, there's been an outpouring of support and tributes to Emery all over the internet. Other celebrities, hockey players and fans have paid tribute to the Canadian athlete on Twitter.
Here are some of the tributes to Ray Emery.
Horrible to hear about Ray Emery. He was an incredible teammate. #Razor— William Nylander (@wmnylander) July 15, 2018
Such sad news about Ray Emery. He will be greatly missed. An incredible teammate with a huge heart.— Paul Bissonnette (@BizNasty2point0) July 15, 2018
I can't say I knew Ray Emery all that well; I only got to cover him during the 2013 season. But I always enjoyed talking with him. A very up-front, honest and interesting guy. And his 45-save game in Calgary that season is still the greatest game I've seen a goaltender play.— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) July 15, 2018
One of the toughest goalies ever, laughing as he’s getting punched, gone but will never be forgotten RIP Ray Emery stick tap for you 🏒 pic.twitter.com/bEH4U5uSHY— The Hockey Hangout (@HockeyHangout) July 15, 2018
So saddened of the tragic news of Ray Emery’s passing. We played together for only a short time but he was a great teammate and competitor. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. May he Rest In Peace. 🙏— Nick Foligno (@NickFoligno) July 15, 2018
Horrible to hear about the tragic passing of Ray Emery. He was an incredible NHL goalie that accomplished so much in the game, a lot of which went under the radar. He was also one of my favorite @TorontoMarlies teammates in his brief time with us. Rest In Peace to a legend #Razor— Garret Sparks (@GSparks40) July 15, 2018
So sad to hear the news of Ray Emery. You will be missed bro! #RIPRazor— Scott Hartnell (@Hartsy43) July 15, 2018
Finally, Toronto Maple Leafs' general manager Kyle Dubas posted this touching letter about Emery.
On the passing of Ray Emery… pic.twitter.com/aR17IBFE0d— Kyle Dubas (@kyledubas) July 15, 2018