Robert Müller

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Robert Müller
Born (1980-06-25)June 25, 1980
Rosenheim, Bavaria, FRG
Died May 21, 2009(2009-05-21) (aged 28)
Rosenheim, Bavaria, GER
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for EHC Klostersee (2nd Bundesliga)
Star Bulls Rosenheim (DEL)
Adler Mannheim (DEL)
Krefeld Pinguine (DEL)
EV Duisburg Die Füchse (DEL)
Kölner Haie (DEL)
National team  Germany
NHL Draft 275th overall, 2001
Washington Capitals
Playing career 1997–2009
Robert Müller (left) in 2004

Robert Müller (June 25, 1980 – May 21, 2009) was a German professional ice hockey goaltender.

Draft[edit]

Müller was drafted by the Washington Capitals as their ninth-round pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, 275th overall, but never played for the team.

Career[edit]

He won the German championship with the Krefeld Pinguine in 2002–03, repeating the feat with the Mannheim Eagles in 2006–07.

Illness & Death[edit]

In November 2006, Müller was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, known as glioblastoma multiforme. Part of the tumor was surgically removed, followed by chemotherapy and radiation treatment later in the year. It seemed to be impossible for him to play professional ice hockey any longer but Müller recovered and had his comeback on February 3, 2007, at the DEL All-Star Game 2007.

In 2008, he was reappointed to the national team at the Skoda Cup in Switzerland.[1] In August of that same year, while playing for the Kölner Haie, the tumor continued to grow, requiring another operation. After that he absolved his physician, Wolfgang Wick, from patient/physician confidentiality. Wick told the media that Müller was terminally ill and already exceeded anticipated average life, as only 3% of the people having the same cancer live over five years.[1]

On December 18, 2008, his doctor decided Müller was no longer cleared to play, as his condition grew worse.[2]

He died of brain cancer on May 21, 2009; he is survived by his two children.[3]

After his death it was announced that the Kölner Haie, Adler Mannheim and the EHC Klostersee will all retire his number 80. EHC München also retired his number 80, even though Robert had never played for München. The DEL also announced that starting with the season 2009/10 the number 80 would never be used in the league again.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1997–98 EHC Klostersee 2nd Bundesliga 45 28 17 2581 151 1 3.55 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1998–99 Star Bulls Rosenheim DEL 32 1863 105 1 3.38 0.881 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1999–00 Star Bulls Rosenheim DEL 50 2228 131 1 3.50 0.879 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2000–01 Adler Mannheim DEL 60 1299 51 1 2.36 0.912 2 103 1.16 .966
2001–02 Adler Mannheim DEL 15 638 26 1 2.45 0.887 12
2002–03 Krefeld Pinguine DEL 50 2763 107 5 2.32 0.912 14 1.99 .918
2003–04 Krefeld Pinguine DEL 49 2892 131 6 2.72 0.914 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2004–05 Krefeld Pinguine DEL 47 2769 136 1 2.95 0.914 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005–06 Krefeld Pinguine DEL 51 3003 154 1 3.08 0.888 5 4.24 .864
2006–07 Adler Mannheim DEL 23 2.61 0.915 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.000
2007–08 Adler Mannheim DEL 5 0 2 0 232 11 0 2.84 .917 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007–08 Füchse Duisburg DEL 12 5 6 0 697 37 0 3.18 .902 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007–08 Kölner Haie DEL 24 13 4 0 1461 65 1 2.67 .916 14
2008–09 Kölner Haie DEL 2 0 0 0 12 0 0 0.00 1.000 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Oliver Hinz (2008-11-25). "Solace in Pads in a Fight for Life". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  2. ^ "Doctor forbades Müller from sport". (in Finnish) hs.fi. 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2008-12-18. 
  3. ^ "Robert Müller passes away". IIHF.com. 2009-05-21. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 

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