Emerson Albert Spratlen Etem (born June 16, 1992) is an American professional ice hockey right winger who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played for the Ontario Reign in the American Hockey League (AHL). He was originally selected in the first round, 29th overall, by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He has also played for the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks.
Etem in 2012
June 16, 1992|
Long Beach, California, US
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
New York Rangers
29th overall, 2010|
Early life and familyEdit
Etem comes from a family where rowing is very 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 US 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 and his wife, Danette, had a son together in 2016.
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 Sabres 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 Sabres 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 Sabres win their second consecutive Tier I 17 & under National Title, the first time in the school's history.
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's draft stock plummeted him down to the 29th overall pick 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 was 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. In 39 games with the Canucks, he tallied 7 goals, 5 assists (12 points).
On June 27, 2016, Etem re-signed with the Canucks to a one-year contract worth $775,000. However, he did not make the opening roster for the 2016–17 season and was placed on waivers at the start of the season. Etem was picked up by the Anaheim Ducks off waivers on October 13, 2016, reuniting him with the organisation that drafted him. He played in 3 scoreless games in his return to Anaheim before he was reassigned to AHL affiliate, the San Diego Gulls. In his debut game with the Gulls Etem scored a goal, however suffered a knee injury which later required season ending surgery.
On June 26, 2017, Etem was not tendered a qualifying offer by the Ducks, releasing him as a free agent. On July 5, 2017, Etem agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with his fourth NHL club, the Arizona Coyotes. On January 2, 2018, the Coyotes announced that Etem's contract was terminated after he asked to be released from his contract.
On January 14, 2018, Etem signed with Lugano of the Swiss National League (NL) until the end of the 2017–18 season. He went scoreless in 5 regular season games for Lugano before making 1 post-season appearance.
As a free agent, Etem returned to North America in the summer, agreeing to a professional tryout to attend the Los Angeles Kings 2018 training camp on August 22, 2018. While impressing with the Kings, Etem was among the last cuts from the opening night roster. He accepted a reassignment to join AHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign, on a professional tryout contract on October 3, 2018. Etem failed to seize his opportunity with the Reign, posting 1 goal in 9 games before he was released from his tryout on November 3, 2018.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||San Diego Gulls||AHL||1||1||0||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|World Junior Championships|
- "Introducing Laulo". Twitter. 2016-09-30. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
- "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-16.
- "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.
- "Canucks acquire Etem for Jensen, pick". The Sports Network. 2016-01-08. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
- "Ducks claim Etem off waivers from Canucks". Anaheim Ducks. 2016-10-13. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
- "Hackett, Etem have successful surgeries, will be out indefinitely". San Diego Gulls. 2016-12-02. Retrieved 2016-12-02.
- "Ducks announce qualifying offers". Twitter. 2017-06-26. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
- "Coyotes sign Etem to one-year, two-way contract". Arizona Coyotes. 2017-07-05. Retrieved 2017-07-05.
- Vest, Dave (January 2, 2018). "'Yotes Notes: Hjalmarsson Nears Return to Lineup". NHL.com. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
- "Emerson Etem è il quinto straniero HCL". www.hclugano.ch (in Italian). January 14, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
- "Etem to attend Kings camp on a PTO". The Sports Network. 2018-08-22. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
- "Reign sign Etem, assign 5 to Manchester". Ontario Reign. 2018-10-03. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
- "Emerson Etem released from PTO". Twitter. 2018-11-03. Retrieved 2018-11-03.