Robert Esche Explained

Position:Goaltender
Catches:Left
Height Ft:6
Height In:2
Weight Lb:225
Team:SCL Tigers
League:NLA
Ntl Team:United States
Birth Date:22 January 1978
Birth Place:Whitesboro, NY, USA
Career Start:1998
Draft:139th overall
Draft Year:1996
Draft Team:Phoenix Coyotes
Former Teams:RSL
Ak Bars Kazan
NHL
Phoenix Coyotes
Philadelphia Flyers
AHL
 Springfield Falcons
IHL
Houston Aeros
KHL
HC Dinamo Minsk
SKA Saint Petersburg

Robert L. Esche (born January 22, 1978) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for SCL Tigers of National League A.

Playing career

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 represented the US team in 2001 and also received the starting nod at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Esche is nicknamed "Chico" after former Flyers goaltender Glenn "Chico" Resch because his sticks are labeled R. Esche.http://www.hockeygoalies.org/bio/esche.htmlhttp://www.nhl.com/features/east/east_notebook100405.html

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.http://www.globesports.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080415.wsptusworld15/GSStory/GlobeSportsHockey/home

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.

On June 16, 2011, the SCL Tigers announced they have signed the 33 year old Esche to a contract and will arrive in late July to start his training with the team[1]

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

Second All-Star Team (OHL)

All-Rookie Team (AHL)

William M. Jennings Trophy shared with Roman Cechmanek, PHI and Martin Brodeur, NJ (NHL)

Pelle Lindbergh Memorial (Philadelphia Flyers)

Best save percentage (.931)

Played in KHL All-Star Game

Career statistics

Regular season

  
SeasonTeamLeagueGPWLT/OTLMINGASOGAASV%
1995–96Detroit WhalersOHL23136011397113.74
1996–97Detroit WhalersOHL5824282324120623.81.878
1997–98Plymouth WhalersOHL4829134281013532.88.896
1998–99Phoenix CoyotesNHL3010130703.23.860
1998–99Springfield FalconsAHL5524206295713812.80
1999–2000Springfield FalconsAHL2199212076123.03.912
1999–2000Houston AerosIHL74214191622.29.922
1999–2000Phoenix CoyotesNHL82504082303.38.893
2000–01Phoenix CoyotesNHL25108413506823.02.896
2001–02Springfield FalconsAHL110060010.001.000
2001–02Phoenix CoyotesNHL22610211455212.72.902
2002–03Philadelphia FlyersNHL30129316386022.20.907
2003–04Philadelphia FlyersNHL402111723227932.04.915
2005–06Philadelphia FlyersNHL4022115228611312.97.897
2006–07Philadelphia FlyersNHL185918606214.32.872
2007–08AK Bars KazanRSL1810953431.86
2008–09SKA Saint PetersburgKHL382114621836891.87.912
2009–10SKA Saint PetersburgKHL42297525278762.07.917
2010–11HC Dinamo MinskKontinental Hockey LeagueKHL24514513837603.30.897
NHL totals18678642210140464102.75.900

Post season

  
SeasonTeamLeagueGPWLMINGASOGAASV%
1995–96Detroit WhalersOHL302105402.29
1996–97Detroit WhalersOHL5143171903.60
1997–98Plymouth WhalersOHL15878684503.11
1998–99Springfield FalconsAHL10159404.02.867
1999–2000Springfield FalconsAHL3121801204.01.878
2002–03Philadelphia FlyersNHL10030102.00.929
2003–04Philadelphia FlyersNHL1811710604112.32.918
2005–06Philadelphia FlyersNHL6243142204.20.875
2007–08AK Bars KazanRSL106092512.46
2008–09SKA Saint PetersburgKHL303185802.59
NHL totals25131114056412.73.907

International play

Played for the United States in:

Family

Esche is married and has two children.[1]

External links

Notes and References

  1. Web site: The SCL Tigers complete their defense with goalkeeper Robert Esche and the defender Philippe Rytz. German. scltigers.ch. June 16, 2011. June 19, 2011.