Remembering Ray Emery - LA Kings Insider

Former Ontario Reign goaltender Ray Emery tragically passed away over the weekend at the age of 35.

The Ontario Reign were just one of 11 teams that Ray Emery was a part of during his professional career and he played just three games with the team. His impact, however, was much greater than his month plus in Ontario.

Take his teammate at the time, Jordan Samuels-Thomas.

Emery and Samuels-Thomas were teammates with Ontario from October 22, the date that Samuels-Thomas was assigned to Ontario, to December 4, the date that Emery was released from his PTO before he moved on to the Toronto Marlies.

I was not a part of the Reign when Ray played in Ontario but judging by the words from his teammates and those who worked with him, such as what Samuels-Thomas said above, his legacy will not soon be forgotten.

Ontario Reign Head Coach Mike Stothers called Emery a “good team guy” and spoke well of Emery during his time with the Reign. Another teammate, Paul Bissonnette, referred to Emery as an “incredible teammate with a huge heart”.

Former Reign Insider Joey Zakrzewski reflected on his own “funny moments” from working with Ray. Several other members of that Ontario Reign team – including Adrian Kempe, Zac Leslie, Joel Lowry and Curt Gogol – as well as so many former teammates throughout the hockey world, shared messages of condolence on social media.

Rest in Peace, Ray.



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