Emerson Etem (Long Beach, California) is making his NHL debut tonight in San Jose. He is the 13th player in NHL history born and trained in Southern California to appear in an NHL game, with nine of those 13 coming in the last eight seasons (since 2005-06).
Since the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, 17 players from Southern California have been selected by NHL clubs. Etem was drafted by Anaheim in the first round (29th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
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