Alumni Profile: Cory Emmerton
Cory Emmerton was the type of junior player that coaches dream of. He had scoring and playmaking ability, he was a strong skater that could play in all situations, but most importantly he was a great teammate.
Emmerton joined the Frontenacs for the 2004-05 OHL season. He was a 5th round selection, 89th overall in the 2004 OHL Priority Draft. The St. Thomas, Ontario native made the Frontenacs roster out of training camp and did not disappoint. He played in 58 games scoring 17 goals and 21 assists that season finishing 6th in team scoring. He also avoided spending time in the penalty box. Emmerton was called for just four minor penalties equaling just 8 PIM. The strong rookie season was just a glimpse of things to come.
The following season was Emmerton’s NHL draft year and he had his best OHL season. In 66 games Cory had 26 goals and 64 assists for 90 points, good enough for 11th in league scoring. He was also a +37 easily leading the league in +/-. The strong season improved Emmerton’s draft stock and he was selected in the 2nd round of the NHL Entry Draft, 41st overall, by the Detroit Red Wings.
He returned to Kingston the following year but missed 28 games due to injuries. Playing in just 40 games, he still managed to score an OHL career high 29 goals and added 37 assists for 66 points. He also had a strong playoff round scoring 5 goals and 2 assists in 5 games, but it wasn’t enough to get the Frontenacs through the opening round.
For his final year in the OHL, Emmerton would play 24 games for Kingston before being traded to Brampton. At the time of the trade he was leading the Frontenacs with 31 points. During his time in Kingston, Cory Emmerton would play in a total of 188 games scoring 85 goals and recording 140 assists for 225 points. He only recorded 68 PIM during his time in a black and gold jersey.
Starting in the 2008-09 season, Emmerton joined the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL becoming an every day player immediately. He would spend 3 seasons in Grand Rapids before getting a chance to play at the NHL level.
On January 22nd, 2011 Emmerton stepped on NHL ice for the first time. He scored his first NHL goal that night against Corey Crawford in a 4-1 Red Wings loss. He would appear in just one more NHL game that season before returning to the Grand Rapids Griffins but would crack the Red Wings line-up the following season.
For the 2011-12 season, as well as the lockout shortened 2012-13 season, Emmerton was an everyday player for Detroit. He scored 11 goals and 7 assists in those two seasons for a total of 18 points. The following year Emmerton would spend most of his season back in the AHL with the Griffins where his contract would expire.
Following the 2013-14 season Cory decided to sign in Europe with Sochi of the KHL for the 2014-15 season. After a single year in the KHL he transitioned to the Swiss-A League and Ambri-Piotta which is where he remained through last season.
Cory Emmerton has also represented Canada at the Spengler Cup in 2015 and 2016 helping to win gold both times.