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
|World Junior Championships|
Emerson Albert Spratlen Etem (born June 16, 1992) is an American professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Vancouver Canucks 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. On January 8, 2016, Etem was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Nicklas Jensen and a 2017 6th-round draft pick.
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. Continuing with his family's rowing tradition, Emerson's elder brother Martin rowed four years for Syracuse University where he was team captain his senior year. After graduation he became an elite rower who trained to compete for the U.S. National Rowing Team, and he placed third in the men's double in the Olympic trials prior to the London Olympic Games. Emerson has an older sister Elise who also has had a successful athletic career. She was nationally ranked in the butterfly from age 10 and was Wilson High School's Most Valuable Swimmer her senior year. She swam for one season at University of California, Berkeley and then walked on to the Women's Rowing team at the university ultimately becoming captain of the PAC 12 champion team her senior year.
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.
On June 27, 2015, Etem, along with a second-round draft pick, was traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for Carl Hagelin and two draft picks in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. After his first training camp with the Rangers, Etem made the opening night roster for the 2015–16 season. Used as the a depth forward, Etem was unable to cement a role and in 19 games provided 3 assists. On January 8, 2016, Etem was traded by the Rangers to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Nicklas Jensen and a 6th round pick in the 2017 draft. As a result, Etem is reunited with former junior coach with Medicine Hat in Willie Desjardins. He scored his first goal as a Vancouver Canuck on February 6, 2016, against the Calgary Flames.
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|
|2015–16||New York Rangers||NHL||19||0||3||3||2||—||—||—||—||—|
- 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