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Former NHL goalie Ray Emery dies at 35

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 30: Ray Emery #29 of the Philadelphia Flyers clears the puck in the third period against the New York Rangers on September 30, 2014 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Rangers 4-2. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Former NHL goaltender Ray Emery was found dead Sunday in the harbor in Hamilton, Ontario, hours after he disappeared while swimming, police said.

He was 35.

Hamilton police tweeted that they recovered his body about 2:50 p.m. He was last seen in Lake Ontario’s Hamilton Harbor about 6 a.m., when police responded to reports of a possible drowning.

“Cause of death will be confirmed pending a post-mortem,” said Jackie Penman of Hamilton police in a statement.

Fans and former teammates expressed sadness on Twitter.

“Ray was a great teammate and an even better friend,” said Claude Giroux in a tweet. “Rest in peace Razor. I’ll miss you man.”

Debuting in 2002-03, Emery played 11 NHL seasons with the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks, NHL.com reported. He was part of the Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks in 2013.

“Ray was instrumental in our run to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final, and at his best he brought a competitive edge and combative mentality to the game,” Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said. “On behalf of our entire organization, I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Ray’s family, friends and loved ones.”

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