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Profile: Mike Robinson

Profile: Mike Robinson

 
Michael (Mike) Robinson is a professional ice hockey player with the Washington Stars of the IHA. Robinson was born in Toronto, Ontario, and lived there with his family until he was seven. The family then moved to nearby Oshawa.

Robinson, the youngest of three children and the only boy, showed an immediate interest in hockey. His father recounts that he would spend hours emulating his favorite hockey players, often watching games on CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada.” Robinson first played on a team when he was six years old. He played on the same team as future Washington Star Symon Tremblay. When the family relocated to Oshawa the following year, Robinson was quickly enrolled in a local club.
Although he admired high-scoring forwards, Robinson soon discovered his talent was actually playing defense. Considered a shut-down defenseman by the time he reached midget and bantam, it was almost a foregone conclusion that he would move on to play in higher levels. He was drafted into the OJHL and played most of his junior career with the Sudbury Ice Dogs. Robinson attended high school in the Greater Sudbury area.
Quick Facts
Birthdate: October 6 (Age: 23)
Height: 6’0 (183 cm)
Weight: 203 lbs (93 kg)
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Hometown: Oshawa, ON
Draft: 63rd overall (Minnesota; 4th round)
Teams: Washington Stars (IHA); Hershey Patriots (NACHL); Nashville Icebreakers (NACHL)
Robinson, although talented, was not expected to go high in the entry draft. Minnesota used their fourth round pick to select Robinson, sixty-second overall. He spent two seasons with the club’s NACHL affiliate in Nashville, before he was dealt to the Washington Stars.
Robinson caused a highly publicized stir following, when he and his agent demanded that he be signed to an entry-level IHA contract and allowed to remain on the roster with the main club, rather than being bandied back and forth between the IHA and the NACHL. They argued that Robinson had proven himself to be a capable player. The Stars, for their part, threatened to trade Robinson. Nothing happened prior to the season’s trade deadline, however, and the conflict simmered for months before the parties finally negotiated a deal in late June of that year.
Robinson reported to camp that summer and remained on the roster, although his pre-season performance was less than stellar, leading to speculation about his off-season training and whether or not he was truly ready to play in the IHA. Some called for him to be sent back down to the NACHL for additional conditioning and development. The Stars coaching staff repeated their stance that Robinson was ready to play in the IHA full-time after having done intensive work with them over the summer.
Robinson’s play picked up following opening night, and he became a preeminent part of the Stars’ penalty killing unit, which was ranked first in the league between November and January of that year. Robinson was nominated to the All-Star game, although he did not receive enough votes to make the roster.
Robinson experienced a sophomore slump during his second full IHA season, rated a dismal -4 from October to January and racking up seventy-six minutes in penalties. His season was cut short when he blocked a shot by Aleksandr Volkov during a January 16 game against the Pittsburgh Rockets, fracturing his ankle. His recovery time was eight weeks, not including rehab, and the Stars failed to make the playoffs.
Robinson’s third season saw him much improved; his +/- improved to zero, and he played the most minutes on the PK of any player on the Stars. Paired with stay-at-home denfeseman Brenden Sutherland, Robinson was more able to exercise his penchant for playing forward and deep into the opposing zone. While these plays had cost him during his second season, the insurance of Sutherland being back helped reduce the number of breakaways Robinson’s play tended to give to the opposing team.

Personal Life

Robinson has two older sisters, Melissa and Miranda. Melissa practiced figure skating, while Miranda also played hockey. Miranda attended the Northwestern University on a scholarship to play on the women’s hockey team.

Scoring

IHA

Season
Age
TM
GP
G
A
PTS
+/-
PIM
EV
PP
SH
GW
EV
PP
SH
1
19
WSH
5
0
1
1
-1
20
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
2
20
WSH
19
1
5
6
0
22
0
0
1
0
2
2
1
3
21
WSH
78
5
10
15
-1
78
1
2
3
1
1
5
4
4
22
WSH
44
3
22
25
-4
76
1
1
1
1
10
10
2
5
23
WSH
82
20
30
50
0
94
5
10
5
2
10
15
5
Career
228
29
68
97
290
13
13
10
4
23
33
12

Other League

LG
Age
TM
GP
G
A
PTS
+/-
PIM
OJHL
16
SUD
70
15
24
39
+2
22
OJHL
17
SUD
78
10
25
35
+2
20
NACHL
18
Nashville
78
12
22
34
0
44
NACHL
20
Nashville
54
9
18
27
-1
32
Career
280
46
89
135
98

Awards and Honors

  • IHA Player of the Week (x2)
  • IHA Player of the Month (x1)
  • All-Star Game Nominee (x1)

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