Ray Emery

Former Flyers goalie Ray Emery dies at 35

Former Flyers goalie Ray Emery dies at 35

Former Flyers goaltender Ray Emery died Sunday morning. First responders pulled his body out of Hamilton Harbour, where he had been swimming with friends. An investigation into the cause of death is still ongoing. 

Emery was 35.

According to local authorities, Emery was checking out a friend’s boat docked at Royal Hamilton Yacht Club when the group he was with decided to jump in the water around 6:30 a.m. Emery’s body never surfaced and was eventually recovered around 2:50 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Hamilton police say Emery’s body was recovered in close proximity to where he was last seen.

Emery was last seen publicly with a handful of his former teammates Saturday night as the goaltender participated in Zac Rinaldo’s charity hockey game in Hamilton. Emery can be seen standing during the playing of “O Canada.”

"The Philadelphia Flyers are stunned and extremely saddened to hear of the tragic passing of former Flyers goaltender Ray Emery," president Paul Holmgren said in a statement from the team. "Ray was an outstanding teammate and an extremely gifted goaltender. He had exceptional athleticism, was a fierce competitor and battled in every game he played with the Flyers.

"His performances through the 2009-10 season were a very big part of the team's success in making the playoffs and reaching the Stanley Cup Final. Ray's talent, work ethic and determination helped him enjoy a successful 11-year NHL career. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time."

Several of Emery’s former teammates over the years offered their condolences via Twitter after learning of the tragedy.

Former Flyer Daniel Carcillo shared the he was crushed by the news (NSFW).

Jakub Voracek also shared his condolences (NSFW).

Emery joined the Flyers in June 2009 on a one-year contract, shutting out the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 in his Flyers debut. The goaltender’s first stint in Philadelphia was cut short when he suffered a muscle tear in his abdomen in December missing the remainder of the season. Emery was later diagnosed with avascular necrosis — a degenerative condition to the bone tissue in his hip.

After undergoing successful surgery, Emery eventually joined the Ducks before winning a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2013. Impressively, Emery finished the regular season with a 17-1-0 record. He re-signed with the Flyers that summer as a backup to Steve Mason.

Emery’s most infamous moment in Philadelphia came during an ugly 7-0 loss to the Washington Capitals on November 1, 2013, as the Flyers netminder pummeled Caps goalie Braden Holtby during a line brawl in the early stages of the third period.

Emery faced criminal charges over a handful of off-the-ice incidents and altercations. Most recently, he was arrested for assault with a weapon in 2017 against former fiancé Keshia Chanté. 

Emery played a total of 287 NHL games, 88 with the Flyers. 

Report: Former Flyers goalie Ray Emery arrested for assault of ex-fiancee

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Report: Former Flyers goalie Ray Emery arrested for assault of ex-fiancee

Former NHL and Flyers goaltender Ray Emery has long been a source of controversy — on and off the ice — but the 35-year-old’s latest run-in with the law may be his worst yet.

TMZ reports Emery was arrested in September for allegedly assaulting his ex-fiancee, Keshia Chante, an R&B artist and formerly a host of BET’s 106 & Park. The threats and abuse were said to occur in 2016 between July and September, with authorities finding enough evidence to charge Emery with assault with a weapon and uttering a threat.

Emery was released on bail and is due back in court later this month, per TMZ.

Emery had two separate stints with the Flyers — the 2009-10 campaign and his final NHL seasons in 2013-14 and 2014-15. He compiled a 35-34 record with the club, though was much better in his heyday with the Ottawa Senators, as well as on a loaded Chicago Blackhawks squad.

However, Emery might be best remembered for extra-curricular activities. On the ice, there was his dust-up with Capitals netminder Braden Holtby, which nearly resulted in the end of goalie fights once and for all. Off the ice, Emery was even more notorious, for his spotty driving record among other things.

It remains to be seen what kind of hot water Emery is in this time, but these allegations appear to be far more serious than the types of stories we’ve heard about in the past.