Emerson Etem

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Emerson Etem
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Born (1992-06-16) June 16, 1992 (age 23)
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
Former teams
New York Rangers
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 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[edit]

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.

Playing career[edit]


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.

In 2008–09, Etem then moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to play for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program (NTDP).[1]

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, he led all WHL rookies in goals.


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.[2]

IIHF Controversy[edit]

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".[3]

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
2014–15 Anaheim Ducks NHL 45 5 5 10 4 12 3 0 3 0
2014–15 Norfolk Admirals AHL 22 13 8 21 2
NHL totals 112 15 16 31 17 23 6 2 8 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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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Cam Fowler
Anaheim Ducks first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Rickard Rakell