As many reports over the last two days have noted, former NHL goaltender Ray Emery drowned on July 15th, after going for a swim and being reported missing. It was confirmed that Emery had indeed drown at 2:50pm.
Ray Emery was beloved by numerous teammates. Many former teammates grieved over Emery’s passing.
I looked up to you Ray. The only time the pain subsides is when I’m with my boy Wolfy. I cant stop replaying what you said to me the last time I saw you, about how lucky I am to have my kids and family. I know you wanted that. I’m hurting brother. Doesn’t make any sense right now pic.twitter.com/AFBGurKk5e
— Daniel Carcillo (@CarBombBoom13) July 16, 2018
Ray was a great teammate and an even better friend. Rest in peace Razor. I’ll miss you man. pic.twitter.com/NNHNc1Swyd
— Claude Giroux (@28CGiroux) July 15, 2018
The 2013 Stanley Cup Champion and William Jennings Trophy winner was an important part of that 2013 cup run. A 17-1 record as well as finishing in the Top 10 for the Vezina as a backup, shows how dominant he and Crawford were that season. It’s arguable that the 2013 team would not have been as good without Razor.
The Blackhawks took action honoring Emery’s memory by wearing #30 on the back of their helmets at prospect camp this week.
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) July 16, 2018
The Blackhawks, among the other organizations that Emery played for (Ottawa, Anaheim and Philadelphia) had the following to say:
— Blackhawks Talk (@NBCSBlackhawks) July 16, 2018
One last tweet, this one really caputres what Ray Emery meant to a lot of people, including the former greats:
— Bernie Parent (@bernieparent) July 15, 2018
As you can tell, for those who didn’t know him, Emery was a special guy. Everyone has demons. Everyone has imperfections. Emery still touched many in the hockey community. To Hawks fans, the 45 save performance in Calgary may stand out. As a player, he was a huge part of the 2013 team. As a person, he was a huge part of the NHL community. Rest In Peace Ray Emery, you are and forever will be… a Stanley Cup Champion.
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