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All About Hockey For Robak

Panthers prospect defenseman Colby Robak had one choice and one choice only growing up. Now he's excelling at it.

Thursday, 09.01.2011 / 2:39 PM / News
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All About Hockey For Robak
Defenseman Colby Robak skates at Development Camp at Saveology.com Iceplex this past July (Glenn Odebralski).
By Yana Loftus-Farren for floridapanthers.com

Colby Robak was raised in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba, population 750, but his small town roots never prevented him from dreaming big.

Robak made his debut on the ice and began developing hockey skills before he was old enough to lace up his own skates. He started skating at just three years old and joined a hockey team at the age of four. The defenseman played hockey exclusively throughout his childhood as it was difficult to gather sufficient players to form other athletic teams.

“It’s the only sport I played,” said Robak. “I come from a real small town of like 700 people so it’s pretty hard to put together a team for any other sport.”

Due to his location, Robak’s commitment to hockey was tested at a young age as it required him to spend a lot of time and effort in order to progress within the sport. However, his dedication never faltered and neither did that of his support system. His parents’ assistance was a crucial element that allowed for his ongoing involvement in the sport.

“My parents got me here with all the money, time and travel that it took,” said Robak. “Just coming from where I’m from it’s pretty hard to find teams along the way. It took three towns to make one team so there’s a lot of travel involved and a lot of hours spent on the road. I’m very appreciative of it.”

His small town upbringing wasn’t evident at the 2011 Panthers Development Camp in July.  In fact the tattooed 21-year old seemed to easily fit in among the hustle and bustle of South Florida, which is home to approximately 5.5 million people. As Robak was drafted 2nd round by the Panthers in 2008, number 46 overall, this isn’t his first time participating in the annual camp for prospects.

“This is my third camp now so I’ve gotten used to this area and I could definitely get used to playing here.”

The excitement was clear as he expressed several things he anticipates about his potential future move to Sunrise to play for the Panthers.

“Just the city in general. There’s so much to do here,” said Robak. “People come to vacation here and whatnot so to actually live here must be great.”

Robak played impressively this past season during his first year as a pro in the American Hockey League, finishing with 7 goals and 17 assists for 24 points in 76 games for Rochester. He refused to fall into the shadows of veteran AHL players and instead saw his first season as a chance to let his coaches and teammates guide him along the way.

“The coaching staff gave me a lot of opportunity,” said Robak. “I mean there’s a great group of older guys down there who really helped me out along the way to find my role in the American league and hopefully the NHL. It was a lot of fun.“

In regards to the upcoming move from Rochester to San Antonio for the 2011-2012 season, Robak seemed to be comfortable and enthused with the location change. He looks forward to the weather in Texas among other things.

“I ended up googling the city one day and it looks like there’s a lot to do there so it should be fun,” said Robak.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 46 16 13 -1 29
A. Ekblad 46 7 21 6 28
J. Huberdeau 43 9 17 1 26
J. Jokinen 45 4 21 -3 25
B. Boyes 44 10 12 2 22
J. Hayes 38 13 7 1 20
S. Bergenheim 35 8 9 2 17
A. Barkov 35 5 10 -5 15
B. Campbell 46 3 11 -1 14
D. Kulikov 41 1 13 -3 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 18 11 8 .920 2.42
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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