And now, for your reading displeasure, the absolutely saddest, saddest, saddest installment of PuckUpdate. Ever. EVER.
Robert Esche, the Flyers goalie, has a lot on his mind. His team is about to enter the playoffs. He spent some time in net for the injured number one Roman Cechmanek. And his younger brother could be on his way to Iraq.
Henry Esche is a sergeant in the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, currently stationed in Japan. But parts of his unit have already shipped out to Iraq.
Now most people might say “Big deal. Backups never play in the playoffs anyway.” But you forget who Esche backs up. It’s Roman “Playoff Freakout” Cechmanek. So Esche has to know he could have some really huge games coming up.
Esche isn’t the only NHLer with family in the military. New York Ranger Brian Leetch’s brother is a Green Beret. Eric Leetch is due to ship out to Afghanistan at the end of March.