The Short List
- 2006 Olympic Team member
- Starting goaltender for Team USA at 2004 World Cup of Hockey
- World Championships Team member (2000, 2001)
Did You Know?
- Began playing hockey at the age of 11
- Left home at age 15 to play for the Plymouth Whalers OHL affiliate in Detroit Michigan
- Selected by the Phoenix Coyotes as the 139th overall pick in the 1996 NHL entry draft
- Traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in 2002
- Won the William Jennings Trophy after the 2002-03 (shared with Roman Cechmanek and Martin Brodeur)
- Nicknamed "Chico" after hockey great Glenn (Chico) Resch.
- As a kid, looked up to Chris Terreri, Sean Burke, and Ron Hextall
- Has two children, Ashlynn and Waylon
It's Every Day
In 2003, Esche founded the Robert Esche Save of the Day Foundation. The foundation raises money to support children with life threatening illnesses near his hometown in the Mohawk Valley area of upstate New York. "I'm very child oriented," said Esche. "I love seeing kids do well. I want to see that every kid gets the chance to do whatever it is that they want to do in life." Since its inception, the foundation has raised more than $200,000 in funds.
On his plans after hockey: "I'd like to become a farmer, get into grain, have a big family, a lot of land, several dogs, and just play with my guitar."