Ray Emery defied the odds throughout his career, he fought off career ending injury and demanded recognition wherever he played. Never one to stay in the shadows, Ray Emery was a player that made the club’s he played for better.
His first season saw him replace Dominik Hašek as Ottawa starter, due to the latter injuring his groin playing for Russia, Emery then took the Senators to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The following season showed off just what a tough character Emery was as he and Buffalo Sabres goalkeeper Martin Biron went at eachother. After finishing the fight, Sabres resident tough guy Andrew Peters grabbed Emery and it was up to the goalie to take care of business for a second time.
Earning him the nickname ‘Sugar Ray’ in the process.
Sadly though, injuries began to hinder his career and Emery developed avascular necrosis, something that would hinder his career for the next few years and see him eventually move on to the newly formed KHL.
In March 2013, Ray became the first goalie in history to record 10 straight wins when he returned to the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks, finishing the season with an incredible 15-1-0 record as Corey Crawford’s understudy and proving his injury troubles were behind him as he claimed the Stanley Cup with Chicago.
Ray Emery went swimming with friends at the Royal Hamilton yacht club in Ontario on July 15th 2018 and he sadly never resurfaced.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time.
You truly were one of the great and we will miss you.