May 11, 1974 |
Saskatoon, SK, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Played for||Tampa Bay Lightning
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||98th overall, 1993
Dieter Kochan (born May 11, 1974 in Saskatoon, Canada and raised in Madison, Wisconsin), is a Canadian-born American retired professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the United States men's national ice hockey team at the 2002 IIHF World Championship as well as 21 games for the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning and Minnesota Wild between 2000 and 2003. He was the first player to be called up directly from the UHL to the NHL. He notably scored a goal for the B.C. Icemen, on January 5, 1999. He was a member of the Calder Cup champion Houston Aeros in 2002–03.
Kochan grew up in Wisconsin where he also played roller hockey. He was the principal goaltender of the gold medal U.S. roller hockey teams at the 1996, 1997 and 1998 World Championships. He was also goalie of the gold medal team at the 1999 Pan American Games. 
Kochan announced his retirement on May 17, 2007 after playing the 06–07 season with the Houston Aeros. On October 3, 2013 it was announced that he will join the Michigan Tech Men's Hockey program as a volunteer assistant goaltending coach.
Awards & Accomplishments
- United Hockey League Second All-Star Team (2000)
- Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award (fewest goals against - AHL) (2004) (shared with Wade Dubielewicz)
- Member of Team USA at the 2002 Ice Hockey World Championships
- Member of Team USA at the 1996, 1997 and 1998 roller hockey World Championships & 1999 Pan American Games
- "Kochan Joins Hockey Staff as Volunteer Coach". Retrieved 3 October 2013.