June 16, 1992 |
Long Beach, CA, USA
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
|New York Rangers
|NHL Draft||29th overall, 2010
|Competitor for USA|
|World Junior Championships|
Emerson Albert Spratlen Etem (born June 16, 1992) is an American professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was originally selected in the first round, 29th overall, by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to the New York Rangers on June 27, 2015.
Early life and family
Etem comes from a family where rowing is popular, and his African-American mother Patricia made the U.S. Olympic rowing team, though due to the 1980 Summer Olympics 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 U.S. National Rowing Team. After a successful collegiate career at Syracuse University, 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 the university. 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.
Etem is of mixed race—his father, Rick, is white, while his mother, Patricia, is black.
Etem 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, Maryland). Inspired by the caliber of players, coaching and winning tradition of Sabers hockey, Etem moved to Faribault, 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.
Despite reaching the eighth spot in the NHL Central Scouting Bureau's rankings ahead of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Etem saw his draft day go on longer than expected; he was ultimately selected 29th overall by the Anaheim Ducks. He scored his first career NHL goal on March 18, 2013, against Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks.
During the World Junior Championship held in Buffalo, NY, Etem posted this message on his Twitter page: "much needed day off, buffalo is a ghost town!! the worst city ever, it makes medicine hat look like paradise, never thought ide say that".
Regular season and playoffs
|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|
- "California kid Etem could hear name called early". NHL. 2009-12-09.
- "Rangers trade Cam Talbot and Carl Hagelin". New York Post. 2015-06-27. Retrieved 2015-06-27.
- "Team USA Player: Buffalo is "the worst city ever"". WIVB. 2010-12-28.
- Emerson Etem's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Emerson Etem's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
|Anaheim Ducks first round draft pick