Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- David Aebischer
David Aebischer was born February 7, 1978 in Fribourg, Switzerland. The seventh choice, 161st overall selection of the Colorado Avalanche in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Aebischer in the Swiss Elite League before making his North American debut during the 1997-98 season.

A bronze medallist with Switzerland at the 1998 World Junior Championships, Aebischer went on to capture the Top Goaltender Award at the tourney before joining the ECHL. After stints in Chesapeake and Wheeling, Aebischer joined the Avalanche AHL affiliate in Hershey where he went on to play two games with the club before being named the number one goaltender in 1998-99.

During his first full season with the club, Aebischer posted a 17-10-5 record and then improved to 29-23-2 before being named Patrick Roy's back-up with Colorado in 2000-01.

Upon his arrival in the Mile High City, Aebischer posted a respectable 12-7-3 record and was part of a Stanley Cup winner later that spring. Over the course of the next two seasons, Aebischer continued to back-up Roy, before assuming the number role in 2003-04, after Roy decided to call it a career in the summer of 2003.

In his first season as Colorado's number one goaltender, Aebischer flourished, and finished the year with a 32-19-9 record. Comming off a strong season in 2003-04, Aebischer was forced to return to his homeland after the 2004-05 NHL season was cancelled due to a lock-out.

Looking to build on his solid season in 2003-04, Aebischer returned to the Avs' in 2005-06 and played the majority of the season with the club before having his rights acquired by the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for 2002 Hart and Vezina Trophy winner Jose Theodore. As a Hab, Aebischer started in 39 games with the club over a season and a half and won a respectable seventeen games. However, the Canadiens opted not to resign the Switzerland native who decided to sign with the Coyotes over the summer in 2007.

Aside from his World Junior experience (1997-1998), Aebischer has represented his homeland at the World Championship (1998, 1999, 2005) and the Winter Olympics (2002-2006).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1996-97 HC Fribourg-Gotteron Swiss 10 0 3.54 3 1 2 0 0 4.24
1996-97 Switzerland WJC-A 5 2.00
1997-98 Chesapeake Icebreakers ECHL 17 5 7 2 0 3.35
1997-98 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 10 5 3 1 1 3.19
1997-98 Switzerland WJC-A 6 1.58
1997-98 Hershey Bears AHL 2 0 0 1 0 3.76
1997-98 HC Fribourg-Gotteron Swiss 1 1 0 0 0 1.00 4 4.25
1997-98 Switzerland WC-A 7 2.87
1998-99 Hershey Bears AHL 38 17 10 5 2 2.45 3 1 2 0 2.37
1998-99 Switzerland WC-A 4 1 4.49
1999-00 Hershey Bears AHL 58 29 23 2 1 3.31 14 7 6 2 3.05
2000-01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 26 12 7 3 3 2.24 1 0 0 0 0.00
2001-02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 21 13 6 0 2 1.88 1 0 0 0 1.76
2001-02 Switzerland Olympics 2 1 0 0 0 4.43
2002-03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 22 7 12 0 1 2.43
2003-04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 62 32 19 9 4 2.09 11 6 5 1 2.08
2004-05 HC Lugano Swiss 18 12 2 3 0 2.41 4 1 3 0 2.50
2004-05 EHC Chur Swiss-2 2 0 1.84
2004-05 Switzerland WC-A 1 0 0 1 0 3.00
2005-06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 43 25 14 2 3 2.98
2005-06 Switzerland Olympics 4 1 0 2 0 2.10
2005-06 Montreal Canadiens NHL 7 4 3 0 0 3.73
2005-06 Switzerland WC-A 6 2 2 2 0 2.67
2006-07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 32 13 12 3 0 3.17
2006-07 Switzerland WC-A 1 0 1 0 0 6.00
2007-08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 1 0 1 0 0 3.00
2007-08 San Antonio Rampage AHL 5 2 3 0 0 2.58
2007-08 HC Lugano Swiss 26 12 14 0 2 2.63 5 4 1 0 2.79
2008-09 HC Lugano Swiss 49 27 22 0 2 2.84 7 3 4 0 3.45
2009-10 HC Lugano Swiss 48 23 24 0 2 3.23 4 0 4 0 5.50
2010-11 HC Lugano Swiss 36 12 24 3 3.10
2011-12 St. John's IceCaps AHL 31 15 12 2 1 2.86 1 0 0 0 4.56
2012-13 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers Swiss 40 15 24 0 2 3.91 12 5 7 0 3.53
2013-14 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers Swiss 46 12 32 0 0 3.80 3 1 1 0 1.95
NHL Totals 214 106 74 17 13 2.51 13 6 5 1 2.06


WJC-A - Best Goaltender (1998) Signed as a free agent by Lugano (Swiss), September 17, 2004. Traded to Montreal by Colorado for Jose Theodore, March 8, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, July 19, 2007. Loaned to Lugano (Swiss) by Phoenix, November 23, 2007. Officially announced his retirement, January 24, 2015.
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