LONG BEACH SHREDDERS
Coach Etem, a Long Beach CA native, and former 2010 first round draft pick (29th overall) of the
Anaheim Ducks, after a standout junior and international career. Etem won a U-18 National Championship with Shattuck-St. Mary’s, before going on to play one year with the U.S. NTDP. Etem was drafted into the WHL by the Medicine Hat Tigers in the 2007 Bantam Draft and would join the Tigers in 2009 following his time with the U.S. NTDP. In 2009-10, Etem led all WHL rookies in goal scoring, in three seasons Etem finished with 296 points in 236 total games.
Following his WHL career, Etem joined the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch in 2012 before moving to the Norfolk Admirals in 2012-13. It was also in 2012-13 Etem made his NHL debut for the Ducks, playing 38 regular season and seven playoff games, while collecting a total of 15 points in 45 games that year. In 2015 Etem was traded, along with a second-round draft pick, to the New York Rangers and made the opening night roster for the Rangers. He was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in January of 2016, he played 39 games for the Canucks that year and re-signed in the off-season. At the start of the 2016-17 season Etem was picked up off waivers by his original team, the Anaheim Ducks. After a stint with the Ducks, Etem was reassigned to the San Diego Gulls, for an injury related conditioning stint. Although he scored in his debut with the Gulls, his knee injury progressed and needed surgery. His injury would force him to retire from playing. In all, Etem played a total of 196 NHL games, collecting 54 points including 28 goals and 26 assists.
Since retiring from playing, Etem has refocused his passion for hockey from playing to coaching. He looks forward to continuing to pass on his knowledge and love for the sport to the players of the Long Beach Shredders.