October 31, 1983 |
Woodbridge, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)|
Tampa Bay Lightning
New York Rangers
HC CSKA Moscow
|NHL Draft||12th overall, 2002
Steve Eminger (born October 31, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently an unrestricted free agent who most recently played for the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Eminger, who is also known for his physical play, started his hockey career with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League in 1999. He was drafted in the first round, 12th overall by the Washington Capitals at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut the next season, but after 17 games in Washington he was sent back down to Kitchener. Kitchener was strengthened by Eminger's return, and they won the Memorial Cup.
Since leaving junior hockey, Eminger split his time between the Capitals and their AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates. Despite the lofty projections that came with his first-round-pick status, Eminger has failed to live up to expectations. Throughout the 2007–08 NHL season, the final season of his contract, Eminger spent a great deal of time as a healthy scratch. However, during the 2008 playoffs the Capitals were decimated by injuries and Eminger was put into the lineup with a larger role. During these playoffs, Eminger suddenly found his niche and proved himself to be a solid defenceman. During the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Eminger, along with the 84th overall pick (Jacob De Serres) were traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for the 27th pick overall (John Carlson).
On June 29, 2008, Eminger and the Flyers agreed to a one-year contract. After 12 games with the Flyers, Eminger was traded to Tampa Bay on November 7, 2008, along with Steve Downie and a 4th round draft pick for Matt Carle and a 3rd round draft pick.
After spending his professional career entirely on North America soil, Eminger signed as a free agent to his first contract abroad with Russian club, CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League on October 21, 2014. After producing just 2 assists in 25 games, Eminger was released from his KHL contract and on January 24, 2014, Eminger joined the Norfolk Admirals after having cleared AHL wavers.
On September 5, 2014, the Boston Bruins announced that Eminger had signed a one-year contract with their AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins. As a free agent in the summer and into the mid-point of the 2015-16 season, Eminger returned to play in signing a professional try-out contract with the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL on January 21, 2016. Eminger won the Calder Cup with the Monsters during the 2015-16 season.
Eminger is married to Lindsay Eminger.
Regular season and playoffs
|2008–09||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||50||4||19||23||36||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||New York Rangers||NHL||65||2||4||6||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||New York Rangers||NHL||42||2||3||5||28||4||0||0||0||0|
|2012–13||New York Rangers||NHL||35||0||3||3||8||11||0||2||2||4|
|2015–16||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||19||5||9||14||14||13||1||7||8||4|
|World Junior Championships|
Awards and honors
|Second All-Star Team||2002|
|Memorial Cup All-Star Team||2003|
|Calder Cup (Lake Erie Monsters)||2016|||
- "Flyers acquire defenseman Matt Carle". Flyers.nhl.com. 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2008-11-07.
- "Jay Bouwmeester stays; Panthers acquire Steve Eminger from Tampa Bay". palmbeachpost.com. 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2009-03-04.
- "Ducks sign Eminger to a two-year deal". Anaheim Ducks. 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
- "Rangers obtain Eminger from Ducks". New York Rangers. Retrieved 2010-07-09.
- "Eminger joins CSKA Moscow" (in Russian). HC CSKA Moscow. 2014-10-21. Retrieved 2014-10-21.
- "Norfolk signs Eminger". American Hockey League. 2014-01-24. Retrieved 2014-01-24.
- "Matt Fraser signed to one-year deal, Steve Eminger to AHL deal". Boston Bruins. 2014-09-05. Retrieved 2014-09-05.
- "Monsters sign Steve Eminger to PTO". Lake Erie Monsters. 2016-01-21. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
- "Steve Eminger biography". New York Rangers. 2013-03-14. Retrieved 2013-03-14.
- Brown, Tony (June 12, 2016). "Bjorkstrand's OT goal clinches Monsters' first-ever Calder Cup championship". Columbus Blue Jackets. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
- Career statistics and player information from NHL.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
|Washington Capitals first round draft pick