Rob Zepp

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Rob Zepp
Robert Zepp.jpg
Zepp playing for the Eisbären Berlin.
Born (1981-09-07) September 7, 1981 (age 35)
Newmarket, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for SaiPa
Eisbären Berlin
Philadelphia Flyers
National team  Germany
NHL Draft 99th overall, 1999
Atlanta Thrashers
110th overall, 2001
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career 2001–2015

Robert Zepp (born September 7, 1981) is a Canadian-born German former professional ice hockey goaltender who played in the National Hockey League (NHL). Zepp spent most of his playing career in Europe, playing two seasons in the Finnish SM-liiga for SaiPa and seven seasons in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga for Eisbären Berlin. During his final season, he played 10 NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Newmarket, Ontario, Zepp played junior hockey for the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). During three standout years with the high-flying Whalers, Zepp was awarded the Dave Pinkney Trophy three years running as a part of the goaltending duo in OHL with the lowest goals against average (GAA). In his first season with the Whalers, Zepp was also awarded the Bobby Smith Trophy as the OHL Scholastic Player of the Year who best combines high standards of play and academic excellence and the CHL Scholastic Player of the Year Award.

Zepp was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the fourth round, 99th overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He never signed a contract with the Thrashers and was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in round 4, 110th overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He played from 2001 until 2005 with the Florida Everblades of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) before deciding to play in Europe, joining SaiPa of the Finnish SM-liiga, where he played two seasons. He then joined Eisbären Berlin in 2007.[1]

On July 1, 2014, Zepp returned to North America by signing a one-year, two-way contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.[2] On December 21, Zepp made his NHL debut against the Winnipeg Jets at the age of 33.[3] Wearing jersey number 72, he made 25 saves out of 28 shots on goal to lead the Flyers to a 4–3 overtime victory.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2014–15 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 10 5 2 0 519 25 0 2.89 .888
NHL totals 10 5 2 0 519 25 0 2.89 .888

International[edit]

   
Year Team Event Place   GP GAA SV%
2014 Germany WC 14th 4 3.20 .856
Totals 4 3.20 .856

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
Ontario Hockey League
Dave Pinkney Trophy 1999, 2000, 2001
Bobby Smith Trophy 1999
CHL Scholastic Player of the Year 1999
Second All-Star Team 2000, 2001

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zepp remains with Polar Bears" (in German). Eisbären Berlin. 2011-05-04. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  2. ^ "Flyers re-sign goaltender Ray Emery". Philadelphia Flyers. July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Flyers goalie Zepp to make NHL debut against Jets". NHL.com. December 21, 2014. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 

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