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Robert Thomas Stauber (born November 25, 1967) is an American ice hockey coach and former player. He was the head coach of the United States women's national ice hockey team. He played the goaltender position at the University of Minnesota and professionally with the Los Angeles Kings and Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League.

Robb Stauber
Born (1967-11-25) November 25, 1967 (age 51)
Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 80 kg (176 lb; 12 st 8 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for New Haven Nighthawks
Los Angeles Kings
Phoenix Roadrunners
Buffalo Sabres
Rochester Americans
Portland Pirates
Hartford Wolf Pack
Manitoba Moose
Jacksonville Barracudas
National team  United States
NHL Draft 107th, 1986
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 1989 (1989)–2006 (2006)
Medal record
Women's ice hockey
Representing the  United States
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2015 Sweden (Asst. Coach)
Gold medal – first place 2017 United States (Coach)
Winter Olympics
Silver medal – second place 2014 Sochi (Asst. Coach)
Gold medal – first place 2018 Pyeongchang (Coach)

Stauber played three seasons for the Minnesota Golden Gophers men's ice hockey team from 1986 to 1989. He was the first goaltender to win the Hobey Baker Award after his sophomore season in 1988.[1]

Between 1989 and 1995, Stauber played 62 NHL regular season games. He was drafted in the sixth round, 107th overall, by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft.

A 1986 graduate of Duluth Denfeld High School, Stauber was chosen as the 63rd best player in Minnesota boys' high school hockey history.[2]


College careerEdit

Award Year
Hobey Baker Award 1987–88
WCHA Player of the Year 1987–88
AHCA West First-Team All-American 1987–88
All-WCHA First Team 1987–88
John Mariucci MVP Award (Minnesota) 1987–88
All-WCHA Second Team 1988–89

Sources: [3][4]

Professional hockey careerEdit

Stauber made his National Hockey League debut with the Kings during the 1989–90 season, appearing in two games. After two years in the minors, he played in 53 games for Kings between the 1992–93 and 1993–94 seasons.

He was traded (along with Alexei Zhitnik, Charlie Huddy, and a draft pick) to the Buffalo Sabres (for Grant Fuhr, Denis Tsygurov, and Philippe Boucher) during the 1994–95 season. Stauber appeared in just one game with the Kings and six games with the Sabres in that season, his last in the NHL. His career NHL stats are 21-23-9 W-L-T, 3.81 GAA, .890 save percentage, and one shutout in 62 games.[5]

Stauber spent 1995 to 1999 in the AHL and IHL. From 2002 to 2006, he played a few games in three different seasons with the Jacksonville Barracudas in three different leagues, the Atlantic Coast Hockey League, WHA2, and Southern Professional Hockey League.

In 1996, he scored a goal while playing for the Rochester Americans.[6]

Coaching careerEdit

Stauber coached at the University of Minnesota's Gophers men's hockey program as their goalie coach from 2000 to 2008, during which the Gophers won back to back NCAA National Titles in 2002 and 2003.[7]

Stauber served as head coach for the USA Hockey Women's National Team in the 2017 World Championships and the 2018 Winter Olympic Games where his team won their first Gold Medal since 1998.[8] Starting with the program in 2010, he was an assistant coach at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.[7] In the first tournament after he was named permanent head coach, he coached the US to a gold medal in the 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship.[9]

Bandy careerEdit

Stauber also played bandy with the Dynamo Duluth. He was selected to the United States national team squad for the 2010 World Championship.[10]


  1. ^ "Hobey Baker Award Winner Robb Stauber". University of Minnesota.
  2. ^ Nelson, Loren. "Matter of survival". Minnesota Hockey Hub.
  3. ^ "2017-2018 Hockey Media Guide" (PDF). University of Minnesota.
  4. ^ "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners" (PDF). Retrieved June 11, 2013.
  5. ^ "Robb Stauber".
  6. ^ "AHL: Goaltender Robb Stauber Scores A Goal 1996".
  7. ^ a b "Robb Stauber - Head Coach". USA Hockey.
  8. ^ "Minnesota's Robb Stauber to coach Olympic women's hockey team". St. Paul Pioneer Press. AP. May 1, 2017.
  9. ^ Haase, Nicole (April 3, 2017). "Robb Stauber brings a goalie's point of view behind the bench for Team USA". Sports Illustrated.
  10. ^ Klein, Jeff Z. (2010-01-28). "It's Not Hockey, It's Bandy". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-03-30.

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Preceded by
Tony Hrkac
Winner of the Hobey Baker Award
Succeeded by
Lane MacDonald