The hockey world reacted to the sudden passing of Ray Emery with extreme shock and sorrow on Sunday.
Clearly, the man they called “Razor” had many friends in the game.
“I am f—ing crushed,” former National Hockey League forward Daniel Carcillo, who played with Emery in Chicago and envied his “demeanor” and “contagious personality,” wrote on Twitter. “You will be missed deeply Ray. I love you, man.”
Also close to Emery was Dave Bolland, another Blackhawks teammate.
“Lost my golfing buddy and my best friend today,” Bolland tweeted. “Uncle Ray Ray touched a lot of hearts and people. Love and miss ya.”
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk issued a statement about Emery, who was part of the Ottawa organization from the day he was drafted by the club in 2001 until 2009.
“On behalf of the Ottawa Senators, I wish to express my sincere condolences on the passing of Ray Emery. 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. On behalf of our entire organization, I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Ray’s family, friends and loved ones,” Melnyk’s statement read.
Former Senators chief executive officer and president Roy Mlakar tweeted as well: “So sad to lose a great person, competitor, charitable player in my friend Razor. We will miss you, bud.”
During his time with the Senators, Emery became close to forwards Brian McGrattan and Jason Spezza. McGrattan posted a picture of himself and Emery from years ago.
“My best friend. My brother. I love you!,” he added.
Also remembering Emery was former Senator Nick Foligno, now captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“So saddened of the tragic news of Ray Emery’s passing,” Foligno wrote on Twitter. “We played together for only a short time, but he was a great teammate and competitor. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends, May he Rest in Peace.”
Other players who were never NHL teammates of Emery’s joined in expressing the deep bond of the hockey fraternity.
“Rest in peace, brother,” tweeted Edmonton Oilers winger Milan Lucic.
“Horrible to hear about Ray Emery,” tweeted Toronto Maple Leafs winger William Nylander, who played briefly with Emery in the minors. “He was an incredible teammate.”
Emery left his mark with Flyers teammates during his two stints in Philadelphia
“Ray was a great teammate and an even better friend,” Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux tweeted. “Rest in peace, Razor. I’ll miss you, man.”
Added the Flyers’ Scott Laughton: “At a loss for words. An Incredible teammate and stall mate. RIP, Razor.”
Tweeted winger Jakub Voracek: “F— me, Razor. You were the best. RIP.”
And then there was this from Hall of Famer Bernie Parent, the best Flyers goalie of all time
“All the statistics in the world can’t measure the warmth of a smile. Rest in Peace my friend, Ray Emery.”
Source: Ottawa Sun