Former Ontario Reign goaltender Ray Emery was recognized during the 26th annual ESPY Awards on Wednesday from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Emery was among the many sports personnel that ESPN paid tribute to who passed away this past year.
Emery, who played for the Reign during the 2015-16 American Hockey League season, died at the age of 35 this past Sunday. He reportedly drowned while swimming in the Hamilton Harbour after jumping off a boat.
Emery was one of two people associated directly with the National Hockey League who were honored in the tribute. The other was Hockey Hall of Fame general manager Bill Torrey, who led the New York Islanders to four consecutive Stanley Cup titles from 1980 to 1983. Torrey passed away at the age of 83 in West Palm Beach, Fla., on May 2.
It was a big evening for hockey at the ESPYs on Wednesday as Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals became the first hockey player ever to win the best male athlete award. Ovechkin, a native of Russia, was also only the second non-American to ever win the award. The first non-American was German basketball superstar Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks, who won the award in 2011. Ovechkin was also named the best NHL player.
It was also a big night for women's hockey. The United States Olympic Women's Hockey Team won the award for the best game. They were recognized for their 3-2 shootout win over Canada in the gold medal game of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.
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