25 July 1986|
Ordzhonikidze, Kazakh SSR,
|Died||7 September 2011
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||172 lb (78 kg; 12 st 4 lb)|
|Played for||EC Peiting
DEG Metro Stars
|NHL Draft||174th overall, 2007
Robert Dietrich (25 July 1986 – 7 September 2011) was a professional ice hockey defenceman. He was killed in the 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disaster, in which all players and coaches on board the plane from the club perished.
Dietrich was drafted 174th overall in the 6th round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators. He played with the DEG Metro Stars of the DEL from 2005 to the 2008. On 16 July 2007, Dietrich was signed to a three-year entry level contract with the Predators. He was reassigned on loan to the Metro Stars for his first year of the contract, before he spent the final two seasons in North America with the Predators American Hockey League affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals.
In his second year with the Admirals in 2009–10, he led the team with 43 points for defenseman, but was unable to appear in the NHL with Nashville. On 8 June 2010, Dietrich returned to Germany and signed a two-year contract with Adler Mannheim.
On 7 September 2011, he was killed when a Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger aircraft, carrying nearly his entire Lokomotiv team, crashed just outside Yaroslavl, Russia. The team was traveling to Minsk to play their opening game of the season, with its coaching staff and prospects. Lokomotiv officials said "everyone from the main roster was on the plane plus four players from the youth team."
Regular season and playoffs
|2005–06||DEG Metro Stars||DEL||4||0||0||0||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||DEG Metro Stars||DEL||52||3||19||22||28||9||2||4||6||22|
|2007–08||DEG Metro Stars||DEL||9||1||1||2||12||13||1||2||3||4|
- "Predators sign five to contracts". Nashville Predators. 2007-07-16. Retrieved 2011-03-31.
- "Eagles take Robert Dietrich under contract" (in German). Adler Mannheim. 2010-06-08. Retrieved 2010-06-08.
- "First pictures from the crash of Yak-42 near Yaroslavl" (in Russian). Lifenews.ru. 2011-09-07. Retrieved 2011-09-07.
- "The list of Lokomotiv players who died" (in Russian). Lifenews.ru. 2011-09-07. Retrieved 2011-09-07.
- "Pavol Demitra among 43 killed in Russian plane crash". theglobeandmail.com. 2011-09-07. Retrieved 2011-09-07.
- Robert Dietrich career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Robert Dietrich career statistics at EliteProspects.com
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