Bobby Robins ’00 became the ninth former Culver Military Academy hockey player to skate in a National Hockey League game when the Boston Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1, Wednesday night.
Robins, a 6-foot-1-inch, 220-pound center, has played for 11 different minor league teams over the past eight years. He has spent the past three seasons with the Providence Bruins, Boston’s American Hockey League affiliate. In July 2013, he received his first NHL contract from Boston at age 31 but continued playing for Providence. The assistant coach at Providence is Kevin Dean ’87.
In the interview following his NHL debut, Robins said, “I definitely have the itch now, I want to stay in this league.”
He joins Ryan Suter ’03 (Minnesota Wild) and John-Michael Liles ’99 (Carolina Hurricanes) as former CMA Eagles actively playing in the NHL. Other Culver players who have played in the NHL include Blake Geoffrion ’06, who was forced to retire after an injury in November 2012, Dean, Gary Suter ’82, Barry Richter ’89, Aris Brimanis ’90, and Mike Farrell ’97.
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