|High School:||St. Francis Xavier|
Paul Esdale is one of the best offensive defenders on the team. A fiery competitor, Esdale has been a regular on the blueline for the past three seasons and will provide valuable experience to the defense this season. He has played in 84 of 88 games over his career.
2001-2002: The Bears' second-leading scorer, Esdale led all defensemen with 5-13-18 numbers, including three power-play goals ... An Honorable Mention All-Ivy selection, Esdale had 2-12-14 totals in ECAC contests ... Had a two-assist outing at Dartmouth ... Had a 1-2-3 point outing at Vermont the next night as he scored the winning goal and added two assists ... Turned in a three-point weekend, assisting on a goal in the tie with Clarkson and scoring a goal and adding an assist in the 3-2 win over St. Lawrence ... Tallied two assists on the Capital District trip, one at RPI and the other at Union ... Tallied an assist against Princeton ... Tallied three points to lead Brown past St. Cloud, 4-1, scoring a power play goal, a short-handed goal, and assisting on a power play tally ... Scored his fifth goal of the season to knot the Lowell game at 1-1 ... Tallied two assists in a 4-2 win over Union, including one the first goal of the game ... Tallied an assist at Princeton.
2000-2001: Played in 26 of 29 games, finishing with 6-8-14 totals, tied for second on the team ... The leading returning scorer, Esdale's 14 points led all defensemen ... He scored half of his goals in ECAC contests and all eight assists came in league games ... Tallied first point of the season, assisting on the lone goal against Vermont; was named the Third Star of the game ... Added another assist at Colgate ... Notched his third assist of the season on the game-tying goal at St. Lawrence, sending the game into overtime ... Tallied two assists at Princeton, both when Brown was on the power play, helping the Bears to a 5-3 win ... Scored his first goal of the season to put Brown up 2-1 in 5-4 win over UMass-Lowell ... Had a two-goal outing in the 5-4 loss to #4 St. Cloud State; named Second Star of the game ... Scored the lone Brown goal against Colgate, getting Brown on the board 3:40 into the game with a power-play score ... Tallied an assist on the game-tying power play goal against St. Lawrence ... Also tallied a goal and an assist in the season-ending 3-3 tie with Yale.
1999-2000: Appeared in all but one game during his rookie year ... Finished the season with 5-4 - 9 totals, fifth among returning players for 2000-2001 and tied for first with Josh Barker '02 among all returning defensemen ... Notched his first collegiate point in just the second game of the season against Vermont ... Earned his second assist of the year at Rensselaer ... Tallied his first career goal to tie the game at UMass-Lowell ... Added a goal in the 6-0 shutout of #9 St. Lawrence as six different Bears scored goals ... Scored the only two (a career high) Brown goals in the final game of the season, a 4-2 loss to Union ... Tallied all four of his assists in ECAC contests.
Before Brown: Esdale posted 22 goals and 36 assists in 58 games as a defenseman for the Lloydminster Blazers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He finished the 1998-1999 season with a "plus 37" rating, and was given the AJHL Best Defenseman Award. A former AJHL All-Rookie selection, Esdale is in the record books as one of the top-five scoring defensemen in the history of the AJHL. Also a standout tennis player, Esdale has qualified for the Canadian Junior Nationals six times, finishing in the top 12 in 1997.
Personal: Paul Wilson Esdale is the son of Peter and Janice Esdale of Edmonton, Alberta ... Has two sisters, Julie, 27, who currently is in the Ph.D program at Brown, and Jennie, 25 ... Interests: Snowboarding, Camping, and Movies ... Major: Business Economics.