Ducks youngsters Emerson Etem and Peter Holland have grown quite accustomed to each other, and it’s clear in the way they talk about living together. For most of the season, the two have been roommates on the road and live in the same hotel (but different rooms) in Anaheim. Although, Holland -- who played 21 games with the Ducks this season -- recently was sent down to Norfolk of the AHL.
After a practice a couple weeks ago, the 20-year-old Etem and 22-year-old Holland gave very tongue-in-cheek accounts of what living together is like. Both came across as refreshingly sarcastic and funny when talking about each other. (An example: Etem not laughing and barely smiling when he calls Holland "selfish" and Holland doing the same when he says, "You've got to babysit him a little bit."
And away we go:
What do you like about living with your roommate? Holland: The list of what I don’t like is a lot longer. No, “Emer” is a lot of fun and we have a lot of fun together. He’s someone to go out with for bites to eat and we hit the beach a little bit. He’s from close by [Long Beach], so I’ve had a chance to meet his parents and see where he grew up, which was kind of cool.
Etem: He’s a funny guy. He can get on my nerves a little bit sometimes, but he’s a good guy. We have our inside jokes and we have quite the chemistry. We like the same things, and we’re always doing things together. It works out pretty well.
What don’t you like about your roommate? Holland: He’s left me behind twice at the rink so far this year. We’ve been driving together for a long time up here in Anaheim and somehow he’s managed to forget me. We’ve had our ups and downs, but I’ve managed to straighten him out.
Etem: He’s pretty selfish. I have my car here, so if he needs a ride it’s always on me. The other day he had a test for a college course he’s taking, and I had to drive him 20 minutes out of my way. He said, “You can stay here and wait for me while I do my test or you can leave.” So I just took off back to the hotel, and he tried to make me feel bad about it. The fact that he made me do that on our off day was quite selfish.
Holland: He likes to be a little bit late in the mornings, which is getting a little old – especially because he’s the driver and I have to wait for him. He’s a young guy, still maturing, so you’ve got to babysit him a little bit.
Etem: My buddies come to a lot of the games, and we want to get a bite to eat after the game. I’m the type where if I’m ready to go, I just go. If my buddies and I are talking about it, I tend to forget about Peter and go with my buddies [laughs].
Who controls the remote on the road? Holland: There is a lot of pressure to have the remote. Someone is always not happy. But we’re pretty good about sharing it.
Etem: Going back to being selfish, we check into the hotel, we lie down, he grabs his computer and tosses the remote back to me. He expects me to do all the controlling when I just want to sit back and relax. Someone’s got to do it, but the fact that it’s me every time gets kind of frustrating.
What do you typically watch together? Holland: Traditionally we try and see what kind of movies are on TV and we’ll try to come to an agreement on one. We get along pretty well on that.
Etem: Usually I just throw it on SportsCenter. I’m that basic guy. At the end of a long day of travel or practice or whatever, when you get to the hotel you just want to keep it simple, and sports is usually the way to go.
What is the situation like at the hotel at home? Holland: He’s on the VIP floor at the hotel, but he has to insert a key to get to that floor. When he does that, I like to hit all the other buttons to make him stop at every floor on the way up, just to let him know he’s not that special. I don’t know why he’s on that floor and I’m not. He got a king-sized bed and I’ve got two doubles, but I have more room for activities in my room, so it’s kind of nice. [Note: In case you don't know, this line is a very subtle reference to the movie "Stepbrothers" but I can't post a YouTube link because of some language in the clip.]
Etem: I think the VIP floor has its perks, but it has its disadvantages. Me being the wiser one, they put me up there in case I need to come down and check on him. You need a room key to get up there, and I don’t think they want him bothering me too much.
How do you think he could describe you as a roommate? Holland: If he didn’t tell you I was a great roommate and a great friend, he’d be lying.
Etem: He would probably talk bad about me, but I know what he’s all about. He’s kind of fake and puts up that fake vibe [laughs]. I’ll just let that one go and maybe have a talk with him later.