When Ray Emery arrived at Blackhawks training camp before the 2011-12 season, he didn’t have a contract, let alone a roster spot. Just a lot of confidence his career wasn’t over.
Two years later, he left as a Stanley Cup champion.
Emery, who spent 11 seasons in the NHL and rejuvenated his career during two memorable seasons serving as Corey Crawford’s backup, drowned Sunday in a swimming accident in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. He was 35.
On Monday, police said the drowning does not appear suspicious.
He jumped off a boat near the Leander Boat Club to go swimming, and friends called emergency services at about 6 a.m. when he didn't resurface, police said....