Robert Esche Class of 2016

Robert Esche

Robert started his hockey career as a member of the Whitestown Youth Hockey Association. A standout goaltender at a young age Robert had the opportunity to compete on many teams in New York moving on to Junior Hockey and eventually the National Hockey League.


Robert represented the United States internationally in 1998 on the US National Junior Team, and the 2000, 2001, 2008 and 2009 US National Teams. In addition, Robert was a member of the US National Team that competed in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and the 2006 US Olympic Team.


Robert played in the NHL, AHL and KHL for a combined 12 years, 8 times reaching the playoffs. Robert played 8 seasons in the National Hockey League with the Phoenix Coyotes and Philadelphia Flyers.


He was recognized with the NHL’s 2003 William M. Jennings Trophy for Goalie(s) with the Fewest Goals Scored Against in regular season play.


Robert was recognized by the Philadelphia Flyers with the 2004 Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy awarded to the "Most Improved Player” as voted by his teammates.