Robert Esche Explained

Height Ft:6
Height In:2
Weight Lb:225
Team:SKA Saint Petersburg
Nationality:United States
Birth Date:22 January 1978
Birth Place:Whitesboro, NY, US
Career Start:1998
Draft:139th overall
Draft Year:1996
Draft Team:Phoenix Coyotes
Former Teams:Ak Bars Kazan
Phoenix Coyotes
Philadelphia Flyers

Robert Esche (born January 22, 1978 in Whitesboro, New York) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Kontinental Hockey League's SKA Saint Petersburg.

Playing career

He started his career with the Phoenix Coyotes, only to be traded to the Flyers in a deal involving Michal Handzus 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 is nicknamed "Chico" after former Flyers goaltender Glenn "Chico" Resch because his sticks are labeled R. Esche.

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. now plays in Russia's KHL with SKA St. Petersburg.

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.

Going into the 2008 season as a free agent, he decided to quit the NHL and play in a different hockey league.


Career statistics

Regular season

1995–96Detroit WhalersOHL23136011397113.74
1996–97Detroit WhalersOHL5824282324120623.81
1997–98Plymouth WhalersOHL4829134281013532.88
1998–99Phoenix CoyotesNHL3010130703.23
1998–99Springfield FalconsAHL5524206295713812.80
1999–00Springfield FalconsAHL2199212076123.03
1999–00Houston AerosIHL74214191622.29
1999–00Phoenix CoyotesNHL82504082303.38
2000–01Phoenix CoyotesNHL25108413506823.02
2001–02Springfield FalconsAHL110060010.00
2001–02Phoenix CoyotesNHL22610211455212.72
2002–03Philadelphia FlyersNHL30129316386022.20
2003–04Philadelphia FlyersNHL402111723227932.04
2004–05Did Not Play---------
2005–06Philadelphia FlyersNHL4022115228611312.97
2006–07Philadelphia FlyersNHL185918606214.32
NHL totals18678641710140464102.75

Post season

1995–96Detroit WhalersOHL302-105402.29
1996–97Detroit WhalersOHL514-3171903.60
1997–98Plymouth WhalersOHL1587-8684503.11
1998–99Springfield FalconsAHL101-59404.02
1999–00Phoenix CoyotesNHL312-1791204.01
2002–03Philadelphia FlyersNHL100-30102.00
2003–04Philadelphia FlyersNHL18117-10604112.32
2005–06Philadelphia FlyersNHL624-3142204.20
NHL Totals281413-14057612.88

International play

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