Robinson steps away from Blaze
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze can confirm that player/assistant-coach Brett Robinson will not return to the club for a fourth season.
Now 33-years-old, the recent Father departs after 195 total games, during which he registered an impressive 203 points (68 goals + 135 assists). He ranks 13th in all-time points, and 10th in all-time Coventry assists. He is one of only 14 players to have recorded over 200 points for the club.
Of those 195 total games, 178 came in Elite League competitions where he scored 59 goals, 125 assists for 184 points. He ranks 8th in all-time points, and 7th in all-time assists for Coventry in EIHL competitions.
The Alton, Ontario, Canada native is one of only 9 players to have scored more than 50 goals, and assisted more than 100 for Coventry in EIHL competitions.
He is the 10th quickest player of all-time to reach 100 points for Blaze in the Elite League.
His debut year came in 2015 where he led the club for point and goal scoring, being named Coach’s Player of the Year. After the devastation of injury on the first shift of the playoff final, Robinson returned for a second year, again going on to lead the squad for points and assists.
This past campaign, with 51 helpers, Robinson beat his past previous best (45) in all Coventry games, again leading the team.
Before joining Blaze, the number 23 played over 340 games in the East Coast Hockey League, scoring the Kelly Cup clinching goal with Cincinatti Cyclones in 2009/10.
Robinson said, “I would first like to thank everyone that has been involved with the Blaze over the last three seasons. Blaze management, owners, off-ice staff, media staff, coaches and of course my team-mates. But it’s time for my family and I to step away from the Blaze. I feel satisfied with what I accomplished on a personal level over my three seasons, but very disappointed that we couldn’t bring a trophy back to the Skydome. I felt very privileged to put on the Blaze jersey every weekend, and will always look back on my time in the Skydome with great memories.”
“Coventry will always hold a special place in my family’s life, not only because of the great relationships that we developed with such great people, but also because my son Nixon was born there.”
“To the most passionate fans I've ever played in front of thank you.... you guys never made it dull. I’ve never felt more loved and hated at the same time!!”
“As always COME ON YOU BLAZE”
Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart commented, “Losing Robbo will leave us with a big hole to fill. He has continually produced for this club from the day he got here, while continuing to be a responsible guy in all other areas of the game. He played in our top six, powerplay, penalty-kill and even showed some versatility in playing a bit of defence when needed.”
“Consistent production like his doesn't come easy, and it’s a testament to how good of a player he was for us. He was never flashy, but a guy that relied on his hockey head and created plays night in and night out. On top of all this, he was a good teammate and well-liked by the guys in the room.”
“This past season he came on as my player/assistant coach and did a great job. After James Pease departed to focus on his business earlier this year, I relied heavily on him. We, as an organisation wish Ashleigh, Nixon and Brett all the best in their next chapter. I personally would like to thank Brett for his contribution on and off the ice to this club and myself.”
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