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Emmerton is DSBA's rookie of the year

Red Wings' center produced 10 points in first full season

Wednesday, 06.6.2012 / 2:30 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor |
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Cory Emmerton was all smiles after he scored in a 4-2 win over Edmonton in February. (Photo by Getty Images)

DETROIT – Last season was quite the experience for Red Wings center Cory Emmerton, who played in his first full NHL season. But it’s the Stanley Cup playoffs that he’ll remember most.

“You just have to be a part of it, really,” said Emmerton, who scored his first career playoff goal in the opening round series with Nashville. “Until you play in it and you realize what it’s like, it’s amazing how much fun it is to be in that type of atmosphere and that kind of stage and level. It’s pretty surreal.”

Besides his one goal in five playoffs games, Emmerton produced six goals and four assists in 71 regular-season contests in his first full campaign with the Wings. And it’s for that effort that Emmerton has been named the 2011-12 Red Wings’ Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.

“The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association is excited to name Cory Emmerton as the Red Wings rookie of the year,” said Vicki Foley, DSBA president. “Cory demonstrated good skills during his rookie season with the club, and I'm sure he can look forward to a bright future here in Detroit.”

The 24-year-old Emmerton finished among the NHL rookie leaders in takeaways (16), and total face-offs taken (313), while managing to win 48.2 percent of those draws.

A St. Thomas, Ontario, native, Emmerton was originally selected by the Wings in the second-round of the 2006 NHL draft, and he’s the fifth Wings’ center so honored by the DSBA since Pavel Datsyuk received the award following the 2001-02 season.

Primarily used as a fourth line center last season, Emmerton had his finest offensive game of his career when he played between forwards Drew Miller and Tomas Holmstrom in an 8-2 shellacking of the Los Angeles Kings in December. In that game, Emmerton enjoyed his first career multiple goal game of his career, scoring two first-period goals and adding an assist late.

“That was one of those games where our fourth line really had everything going right for us, and we were playing extremely well,” Emmerton said. “To score a couple of goals is never easy no matter what game it is or what level, so it was one of those things that I won’t forget and it was nice to contribute in an offensive way.”

As for the postseason, the early exit was a disappointment; however, Emmerton is glad to have finally experienced it first-hand.

“I think just scoring in the playoffs was pretty special, just the whole atmosphere of the playoffs was pretty great,” he said. “It was the one thing that I was really looking forward to and especially with playing on such a great team as Detroit and being in a great organization; any little extra that you can get out of it is a bonus. I think just getting a little taste of the playoffs was special for me.”

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Previous DSBA Rookie of the Year
Award Winners
Position Seasons
with Wings
2010-11 Jakub Kindl Defenseman Current
2009-10 Jimmy Howard Goalie Current
Jonathan Ericsson
Defenseman Current
Derek Meech
Defenseman 2006-2011
Jiri Hudler
Center Current
Johan Franzen
Center Current
No Award
Niklas Kronwall
Defenseman Current
Henrik Zetterberg
Center Current
Pavel Datsyuk
Center Current
No Award
Jiri Fischer
Defenseman 1999-2007
1982-98 No Award
John Barrett
Defenseman 1980-1986
Mike Foligno
Right Wing 1979-1982
1978-79 Willie Huber Defenseman 1978-1983
1977-78 Dale McCourt Center 1977-1982
1976-77 Jim Nahrgang Defenseman 1974-1977
Michel Bergeron
Right Wing 1974-1978
Bill Lochead
Right Wing 1974-1979
Bill Hogaboam
Center 1972-1980
Henry Boucha
Left Wing 1971-1974
Marcel Dionne
Center 1971-1975
Tom Webster
Right Wing 1970-1980
Al Karlander
Center-LW 1969-1973
Poul Popiel
Defenseman 1968-1970
Gary Jarrett
Left Wing 1966-1968
Roy Edwards Goalie 1967-1974
No Award
Bert Marshall
Defenseman 1965-1968
Roger Crozier
Goalie 1963-1970
Pit Martin
Center 1961-1966
1962-63 Doug Barkley Defenseman 1962-1966
Bruce MacGregor
Right Wing 1960-1971
Hank Bassen
Goalie 1960-1967
Murray Oliver
Center 1957-1961
Len Lunde
Center-RW 1958-1962
Don Poile
Center-RW 1954-1958
Billy Dea
Left Wing 1956-1971
Glenn Hall
Goalie 1952-1957
No Award
Bill Dineen
Right Wing 1953-1958
Marcel Bonin
Left Wing 1952-1955
Glen Skov
Center 1949-1955
Terry Sawchuk
Goalie 1949-1969
1949-50 Steve Black Left Wing 1949-1951
Max McNab
Center 1947-1951

 * DSBA awarded co-rookies of the year in 1967-68


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