Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- David Emma
Center David Emma was born in Cranston, Rhode Island on January 14, 1969. Emma went on to a decorated collegiate career at Boston College that saw him twice be named to the Hockey East First All Star Team, twice named to the NCAA East First All-American Team, and one time elected to the Hockey East Second All Star Team. The highlight of his time in Boston came in 1991 when Emma won the coveted Hobey Baker Memorial Award for the top U.S. college player. During his time with Boston College, Emma answered the bell for his country on three occasions, twice playing in the World Junior Championships and once with the World Championships.

His time wearing his country's colours set up the next stage of his career when he joined the U.S. National Team for the 1991-92 season so he could participate in the Olympic Winter Games. In the '92 Olympics, Emma played six games and registered one assist. After the Olympics, Emma reported to Utica, the top farm club of the New Jersey Devils, who had drafted Emma in the 1989 Entry Draft.

In 1992-93, Emma recorded a point-a-game with Utica and got the call to play at the NHL level, joining New Jersey for two games, where he was held pointless. The next year, Emma got a longer look with the big club, playing 15 games and tallying ten points. However, he was unable to build on that success the next year when he played just six games and was able to muster only a single point.

Out of options with the Devils, Emma jumped to the Detroit Vipers of the International Hockey League playing 79 games and scoring 30 goals. His success with the Vipers caught the attention of the NHL again and Emma inked a free agent contract with the Boston Bruins on August 27, 1996.

With the Bruins, Emma played just five games without registering a point. He spent the bulk of his campaign in the minor leagues again. Emma's career took a new direction in 1997-98 when he went overseas to play hockey in Austria, beginning a three-year run with KAC Klagenfurt.

Emma returned to North America, and eventually the National Hockey League, when he signed a free agent contract with the Florida Panthers on August 1, 2000. After playing just six games with Florida, he was traded to the Washington Capitals for Remi Royer on March 3, 2001.

Unable to crack the Washington lineup, Emma returned to Europe, signing with the Nurnberg Ice Tigers of the German Elite league for the 2001-2002 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 Bishop Hendricken Hawks High-RI
1987-88 Boston College Eagles H-East 30 19 16 35 30
1987-88 United States WJC-A 7 0 0 0 2
1988-89 Boston College Eagles H-East 36 20 31 51 36
1988-89 United States WJC-A 7 6 2 8 6
1989-90 Boston College Eagles H-East 42 38 34 72 46
1990-91 Boston College Eagles H-East 39 35 46 81 44
1990-91 United States WEC-A 10 1 0 1 8
1991-92 United States Nat-Tm 55 15 16 31 32
1991-92 United States Olympics 6 0 1 1 6
1991-92 Utica Devils AHL 15 4 7 11 12 4 1 1 2 2
1992-93 New Jersey Devils NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Utica Devils AHL 61 21 40 61 47 5 2 1 3 6
1993-94 New Jersey Devils NHL 15 5 5 10 2 0
1993-94 Albany River Rats AHL 56 26 29 55 53 5 1 2 3 8
1994-95 New Jersey Devils NHL 6 0 1 1 0 -2
1994-95 Albany River Rats AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Detroit Vipers IHL 79 30 32 62 75 11 5 2 7 2
1996-97 Boston Bruins NHL 5 0 0 0 0 -1
1996-97 Providence Bruins AHL 53 10 18 28 24
1996-97 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 8 0 4 4 4
1997-98 Klagenfurter AC Alpenliga 16 6 17 23
1997-98 Klagenfurter AC Austria 33 22 22 44 48
1998-99 Klagenfurter AC Alpenliga 26 15 32 47 49
1998-99 Klagenfurter AC Austria 15 8 7 15 16
1998-99 United States WC-Q 3 1 1 2 0
1998-99 United States WC-A 6 1 3 4 0
1999-00 Klagenfurter AC IEHL 32 26 28 54 28
1999-00 Klagenfurter AC Austria 15 9 6 15 18
2000-01 Florida Panthers NHL 6 0 0 0 0 -1
2000-01 Louisville Panthers AHL 55 22 28 50 63 -10
2000-01 Portland Pirates AHL 16 2 8 10 6 -5 2 0 0 0 0
2001-02 Nurnberg Ice Tigers Germany
NHL Totals 34 5 6 11 2


Hockey East Second All-Star Team (1989)
Hockey East First All-Star Team (1990, 1991)
NCAA East First All-American Team (1990, 1991)
Hockey East Player of the Year (1991)
Hobey Baker Memorial Award (Top U.S. Collegiate Player) (1991)
Signed as a free agent by Boston, August 27, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Florida, August 1, 2000. Traded to Washington by Florida for Remi Royer, March 3, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Nurnberg (Germany), May 22, 2001.
Missed entire 2001-02 due to back injury originally in off-season training, August 9, 2001.
Officially announced retirement July 28, 2002.
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