Robert Esche

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Robert Esche
Robert Esche.jpg
Born (1978-01-22) January 22, 1978 (age 36)
Whitesboro, NY, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Phoenix Coyotes
Philadelphia Flyers
Ak Bars Kazan
SKA Saint Petersburg
HC Dinamo Minsk
SCL Tigers
National team  United States
NHL Draft 139th overall, 1996
Phoenix Coyotes
Playing career 1998–2012

Robert L. Esche (born January 22, 1978) is an American former professional ice hockey goaltender who is the current general manager of the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League (AHL). He previously played eight seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Phoenix Coyotes and Philadelphia Flyers.

Playing career[edit]

Esche started his career with the Phoenix Coyotes, only to be traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in a deal involving Michal Handzuš and Brian Boucher. In 2004, he claimed the starting goaltending spot for the Flyers, and led them to the Eastern Conference Finals, only to fall in seven games to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

While playing in Russia for Ak Bars, he posted a record of 22–5–2 with a 2.01 GAA and a .912 save percentage along with 4 shutouts.

He skated with Dynamo-Minsk during the 2010–11 KHL season. In 2008–09 he posted a record of 21–14 with a 1.87 Goals against average, and .912 save percentage. He also posted 9 shutouts.

On June 16, 2011, the SCL Tigers announced they have signed the 33 year old Esche to a contract and will arrive in late July to start his training with the team.[1]

International play[edit]

Esche has represented the United States in the 1997 and 1998 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and the IIHF World Championships in 2000, shutting out Russia in Russia, an accomplishment he still lists as his greatest moment in hockey. He represented the US team in 2001 and also received the starting nod at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Esche was named to the 2006 US Men's Olympic Hockey Team in Turin. He played one game in the Olympic tournament, losing 5–4 to Russia.

Esche played for the 2008 Team USA Hockey team in the World Championships which took place in Canada. He had earned some starts after sitting out the first few games, including a 42 save performance in a controversial 3–2 loss against Finland. He also posted a 9–1 victory against Norway.

Personal[edit]

Esche is married and has two children.[1] He hails from Whitesboro, New York, where he contributes much to the community and charitable organizations with his spare time.

Esche is nicknamed "Chico" after former NHL goaltender Chico Resch because his sticks are labeled R. Esche.[2]

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Team League GP W L T/OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1995–96 Detroit Whalers OHL 23 13 6 0 1139 71 1 3.74
1996–97 Detroit Whalers OHL 58 24 28 2 3241 206 2 3.81 .878
1997–98 Plymouth Whalers OHL 48 29 13 4 2810 135 3 2.88 .896
1998–99 Springfield Falcons AHL 55 24 20 6 2957 138 1 2.80 .905
1998–99 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 3 0 1 0 130 7 0 3.23 .860
1999–00 Springfield Falcons AHL 21 9 9 2 1207 61 2 3.03 .912
1999–00 Houston Aeros IHL 7 4 2 1 419 16 2 2.29 .922
1999–00 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 8 2 5 0 408 23 0 3.38 .893
2000–01 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 25 10 8 4 1350 68 2 3.02 .896
2001–02 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 22 6 10 2 1145 52 1 2.72 .902
2001–02 Springfield Falcons AHL 1 1 0 0 60 0 1 0.00 1.000
2002–03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 30 12 9 3 1638 60 2 2.20 .907
2003–04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 40 21 11 7 2322 79 3 2.04 .915
2005–06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 40 22 11 5 2286 113 1 2.97 .897
2006–07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 18 5 9 1 860 62 1 4.32 .872
2007–08 Ak Bars Kazan RSL 18 1095 34 3 1.86
2008–09 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 38 21 14 6 2183 68 9 1.87 .912
2009–10 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 42 29 7 5 2527 87 6 2.07 .917
2010–11 HC Dinamo Minsk KHL 24 5 14 5 1383 76 0 3.30 .897
2011–12 SCL Tigers NLA 40 15 25 0 2305 117 1 3.05 .898
NHL totals 186 78 64 22 10140 464 10 2.75 .900

Playoffs[edit]

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1995–96 Detroit Whalers OHL 3 0 2 105 4 0 2.29
1996–97 Detroit Whalers OHL 5 1 4 317 19 0 3.60
1997–98 Plymouth Whalers OHL 15 8 7 868 45 0 3.11 .920
1998–99 Springfield Falcons AHL 1 0 1 59 4 0 4.02 .867
1999–00 Springfield Falcons AHL 3 1 2 180 12 0 4.01 .878
2002–03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 1 0 0 30 1 0 2.00 .929
2003–04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 18 11 7 1060 41 1 2.32 .918
2005–06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 6 2 4 314 22 0 4.20 .875
2007–08 AK Bars Kazan RSL 10 609 25 1 2.46
2008–09 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 3 0 3 185 8 0 2.59 .877
2009–10 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 4 236 9 0 2.29 .910
2010–11 HC Dinamo Minsk KHL 4 216 7 0 1.94 .942
2011–12 SCL Tigers NLA 4 4 0 259 8 0 1.85 .914
NHL totals 25 13 11 1405 64 1 2.73 .907

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1998 United States WJC 4 2 2 0 238 13 0 3.28
2000 United States WC 2 1 0 1 120 1 1 0.50 .984
2001 United States WC 6 4 2 0 359 13 0 2.17 .931
2004 United States WCH 4 1 3 0 237 10 0 2.53 .909
2006 United States OG 1 0 1 0 59 5 0 5.10 .762
2008 United States WC 4 198 7 0 2.12 .931
2009 United States WC 8 3 5 0 480 25 0 3.12 .891
Senior int'l totals 25 9 11 1 1453 61 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The SCL Tigers complete their defense with goalkeeper Robert Esche and the defender Philippe Rytz" (in German). scltigers.ch. June 16, 2011. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Robert L. 'Chico' Esche". The Goaltender Home Page. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 

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Preceded by
Patrick Roy
Tri-winner of the Jennings Trophy
(with Roman Cechmanek and Martin Brodeur)

2003
Succeeded by
Martin Brodeur