|6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
225 lb (102 kg)
Ak Bars Kazan
HC Dinamo Minsk
SKA Saint Petersburg
|Born||January 22, 1978,|
Whitesboro, New York, USA
|NHL Draft||139th overall, 1996|
|Pro Career||1998 – present|
Robert Esche started his career with the Phoenix Coyotes, only to be traded to the Flyers in a deal involving Michal Handzuš and Brian Boucher. He hails from Whitesboro, New York, where he contributes much to the community and charitable organizations with his spare time. In 2004, he claimed the starting goaltending spot for the Flyers, and led them to the NHL Eastern Conference Finals, only to fall in seven games to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning.
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 also 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.
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 2008–2009 he posted a record of 21–14 with a 1.87 Goals against average, and .912 save percentage. He also posted 9 shutouts.
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||—|
Played for the United States in:
- 1997 World Junior Championships
- 1998 World Junior Championships
- 2000 World Championships
- 2001 World Championships
- 2006 Olympic Games
- 2008 World Championships
- 2009 World Championships
Esche is married and has two children.
- The SCL Tigers complete their defense with goalkeeper Robert Esche and the defender Philippe Rytz (German). scltigers.ch (June 16, 2011). Retrieved on June 19, 2011.
- Robert Esche's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
- Robert Esche's career stats at Eliteprospects.com
- Bob Esche's U.S. Olympic Team bio
- Save of the Day Foundation – Robert Esche Charity Foundation
|Co-winner of the Jennings Trophy
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