January 22, 1978 |
Whitesboro, NY, USA
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)|
|Played for||Phoenix Coyotes
Ak Bars Kazan
SKA Saint Petersburg
HC Dinamo Minsk
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||139th overall, 1996
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.
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.
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.
Awards and accomplishments
- 1997–98: Second All-Star Team (OHL)
- 1998–99: All-Rookie Team (AHL)
- 2002–03: William M. Jennings Trophy shared with Roman Cechmanek, PHI and Martin Brodeur, NJ (NHL)
- 2002–03: Yanick Dupre Memorial (Philadelphia Flyers)
- 2003–04: Pelle Lindbergh Memorial (Philadelphia Flyers)
- 2008 World Championships: Best save percentage (.931)
- 2008–09: Played in KHL All-Star Game
|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|
|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|
|Senior int'l totals||25||9||11||1||1453||61||1||—||—|
- "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.
- "Robert L. 'Chico' Esche". The Goaltender Home Page. Retrieved April 17, 2013.
- Career statistics and player information from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Robert Esche biography at hockeygoalies.org - advanced statistics and game logs
|Tri-winner of the Jennings Trophy
(with Roman Cechmanek and Martin Brodeur)