Emerson Etem

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Emerson Etem
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Born (1992-06-16) June 16, 1992 (age 22)
Long Beach, CA, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team Anaheim Ducks
NHL Draft 29th overall, 2010
Anaheim Ducks
Playing career 2012–present
Medal record
Competitor for United States USA
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2011 USA

Emerson Albert Spratlen Etem (born June 16, 1992) is an American ice hockey player currently playing for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is a first round draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks, selected 29th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Early life and family[edit]

Etem comes from a family where rowing is popular, and his African-American mother Patricia made the U.S. Olympic rowing team, but due to the boycott, did not participate at the 1980 Games in Moscow. Patricia rowed in the four with coxswain at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Continuing with the rowing traditions of his family, Emerson's elder brother Martin is an Elite rower, who is training to compete for the US National Rowing Team. After a successful collegiate career at Syracuse, Martin most recently trialled at the 2012 National Selection Regatta in the Men's Heavyweight Double Scull. Emerson has an older sister Elise, who also has had a successful athletic career. She was Wilson High School's Most Valuable Swimmer; swam for one season at University of California, Berkeley and then walked-on to the Women's Rowing team at Cal. She became a captain of the crew in her senior year and ended her career as the Pac-12 Athlete of the Year and a CRCA All-American.

Playing career[edit]


Emerson followed his older brother Martin into roller then ice hockey. While watching Martin play with the Long Beach Jr. Ice Dogs in the 2003 National Tier II Championship tournament, he saw Sidney Crosby lead the Shattuck-Saint Mary's Sabers to the Tier I 17&under National Championship (held concurrently at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel, MD). Inspired by the caliber of players, coaching, and winning tradition of Sabers hockey, Etem moved to Minnesota at age 14 to play at Shattuck-Saint Mary's, where he led the Bantam team to a third place finish at the Tier I 14&under 2007 National Championship at Amherst, New York, in his freshman year. As the only sophomore on the Shattuck-Saint Mary's 2007–08 Midget Minor AAA team, Etem helped the Sabers win their second consecutive Tier I 17&under National Title - the first time in the school's history. In 2008–09 Etem moved to Michigan to play for the National Team Development Program.[1] Etem is of mixed race as his father, Rick, is white, and his mother, Patricia, is black.

Etem was drafted into the Western Hockey League (WHL) 115th overall by the Medicine Hat Tigers in the 2007 Bantam Draft. While playing for Medicine Hat in 2009–10, Etem led all WHL rookies in goals.


Despite reaching the eighth spot in the NHL Central Scouting Bureau's rankings, Etem saw his draft day go on longer than expected as he was drafted at 29th overall by the Anaheim Ducks. Etem scored his first career NHL goal on March 18, 2013 against Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 U.S. National Development Team NAHL 40 19 14 33 16 9 4 4 8 4
2009–10 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 72 37 28 65 26 12 7 3 10 0
2010–11 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 65 45 35 80 24 15 10 11 21 7
2011–12 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 65 61 46 107 34 7 7 6 13 13
2011–12 Syracuse Crunch AHL 2 1 0 1 2 4 2 0 2 0
2012–13 Norfolk Admirals AHL 45 13 3 16 12
2012–13 Anaheim Ducks NHL 38 3 7 10 9 7 3 2 5 2
2013–14 Anaheim Ducks NHL 29 7 4 11 4 4 0 0 0 12
2013–14 Norfolk Admirals AHL 50 24 30 54 10 4 0 2 2 0
NHL totals 67 10 11 21 13 11 3 2 5 14


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 United States WJC 3rd 6 1 0 1 0
2012 United States WJC 7th 6 0 4 4 2
Junior totals 12 1 4 5 2


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Preceded by
Cam Fowler
Anaheim Ducks first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Rickard Rakell