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Storm Alum Realizes Long-Awaited NHL Dream

10/09/2014, 11:00am CDT

It was a long time coming, but after nearly a decade of pro hockey, former Tri-City Storm forward Bobby Robins made his debut in the NHL with the Boston Bruins.

Forward Bobby Robins has been pursuing his NHL dreams for several seasons and finally got that opportunity on Wednesday night when he suited up for the Boston Bruins.

Robins, who celebrates his 33rd birthday next week, logged just 6:58 of ice time but made the most of his opportunity as he dished out a game high five hits and racked up seven penalty minutes, including a fighting major. 

It was a physical brand of hockey that Robins has become accustomed to over his career, which included piling up 687 penalty minutes over the past three seasons for the Providence Bruins, the AHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins.

Robins spent the 2001-02 season in the USHL with the Tri-City Storm where he played all 60 regular season contests and scored 30 points (16g, 14a) to go along with 176 penalty minutes.  Following his time in the USHL, he went on to a four-year collegiate career at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

Undrafted, the forward began a professional career that has spanned 10 seasons with stops in the AHL, ECHL, England, and Austria. 


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 13th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2014-15.  A record 35 players were chosen in the 2014 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (/ushlhockey), twitter (@USHL), and YouTube (/ushlinteractive).  Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (

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