BOSTON, Mass. — This coming hockey season will start with four former UMass Lowell River Hawks on National Hockey League (NHL) rosters. The latest being Bobby Robins, who made the Boston Bruins opening night roster.
For the second straight year Robins has been one of the players fighting for the final roster spots available on the Bruins roster. Last year, the former River Hawk suffered an injury, spoiling his chances of making the big club. He spent the entire 2013-14 season with the Providence Bruins in the American Hockey League (AHL).
This year, Robins successfully complete Bruins training camp and made the big club. The absence of enforcer Shawn Thornton helped the 32-year-old’s chances of making the team. After all, Robins has been one of the AHL leaders in penalty minutes over the past few seasons.
In 68 games with the P-Bruins last season Robins tallied 14 points (5g, 9a) with 221 penalty minutes. During the 2012-13 season, the forward notched 11 points (4g, 7a) with a league leading 316 penalty minutes.
Over his nine-year professional career, Robins has also spent time with the Binghamton Senators, Rochester Americans, Syracuse Crunch, Albany River Rats, Abbotsford Heat and P-Bruins in the AHL; the Belfast Giants of the EIHL and stints with teams in the ECHL, Austria and Slovenia.
Robins spent four years at UMass Lowell from 2002-2006, including serving as team captain during his senior season of 2005-06. In 127 games, the Rhinelander, Wisconsin native tallied 69 (32g, 37a) with 253 penalty minutes.
The Bruins open up the regular season against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m. and will be live on NBC Sports Network.