June 1, 2004
Sunrise, Fla. – The Florida Panthers announced today the signing of former Notre Dame right wing Rob Globke (West Bloomfield, Mich.) to an entry-level contract with the National Hockey League team. Globke’s signing gives the Irish four players who signed NHL contracts since the end of the 2003-04 season. He joins teammates Brett Lebda (Detroit Red Wings), Neil Komadoski (Ottawa Senators) and Aaron Gill (San Jose Sharks) to ink contracts for next season.
Globke was selected by Florida in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft’s second round, 40th overall. To date, he is the highest-drafted player in the history of the Notre Dame hockey program.
The 6-3, 210-pound forward who turned 21 in October of 2003 helped lead the Irish to their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance in 2003-04. One of the team’s alternate captains this season, Globke led Notre Dame in scoring with 19 goals and 21 assists for 40 points in 39 games. His 40 points tied him for sixth in CCHA scoring for the year. Five of his goals came via the power play and one was short-handed. He also recorded five game-winning goals for the Irish. He was a second team all-CCHA selection and was also selected to the CCHA’s all-Academic team for the 2003-04 season.
Career-wise, Globke finished tied for 28th all-time with 68 goals and 56 assists for 124 career points. His 68 goals rank him 16th on the all-time goal-scoring list and his 13 career game-winning goals tie him for first in that category. He led the Irish in scoring as a junior and a senior.
The talented forward came to Notre Dame after playing for the U.S. Under-18 Developmental Program. He was a two-time member (2001 and 2002) of the U.S. Junior National team. Globke also excelled in the classroom at Notre Dame, as he was a Dean’s List student in seven of his eight semesters. He graduated in May with a degree in Marketing.