Bob Essensa was named as the Boston Bruins' goaltending coach on September 9, 2003.
Based out of his home in Michigan, Essensa joins the team at various times during the season to work with the organization's goaltenders both in Boston and in Providence.
Essensa played four seasons of college hockey at Michigan State University from 1983-87, earning CCHA First Team All-Star honors in 1984-85 and a Second Team All-Star berth in 1985-86. He was drafted by Winnipeg as their fifth pick, 71st overall, in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft and played five-plus seasons in the Jets organization, including a career-best 33-win season in 1992-93.
He played for six NHL teams over a 14-year professional career and played his final NHL season with the Buffalo Sabres in 2001-02. His NHL career record was 173-176-47 with a 3.15 goals against average and 18 shutouts in 446 games with Winnipeg, Detroit, Edmonton, Phoenix, Vancouver and Buffalo.
Essensa and his wife Jeanine have three children, sons Josh, Ben and Jake.