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EVANSVILLE, IN.--- The interest and excitement continue to mount with the big move to the new Downtown state-of-the-art Arena. For the Evansville IceMen of the Central Hockey League such anticipation is reaching crescendo stages especially with the franchise latest player acquisition.
On this date, at a 1:00 pm CDT press conference at Evansville’s Swonder Ice Arena, Icemen General Manager/Head Coach Rich Kromm announced that perennial All-Star center TODD ROBINSON has acceded to terms and signed a two-year contract with the club. The contract is effective for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 league seasons. Adhering to club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
ROBINSON, 33, will be embarking on his 13th pro campaign, arriving on the Evansville pro hockey scene as the biggest pro hockey star in the city’s hockey history. The diminutive, dynamic centerman has been a proficient, prolific, prodigious point-producing pivot of an unprecedented, unparalleled constellation throughout the entire minor pro hockey nation, having percolated more scoring points than any other player in all of pro hockey during the span of his initial 12-seasons.
The 5-8, 175lb right-hand shooting artisan has amassed an astronomical 1,134-points in 805-career games, averaging an amazing 1.41 points per game. Included in his total numbers are 311-goals and 823-assists as he has averaged over an assist a game as well in his extraordinary career.
Known affectionately as “T.Rob,” the newest IceMen standout’s resume is rich in rewards and awards for his on-ice prowess and overall performance. The native of Trail, B.C. has been front and center in spearheading his team to three League Championships, three regular season titles as well as three individual league scoring crowns, three individual league playoff scoring kingships, three overall league MVP honors and one league playoff MVP award. Robinson captured each and every one of these league-wide accolades during his brilliant nine-year career with both the Muskegon Fury and Muskegon Lumberjacks.
His scoring majesty has earned him the hockey royalty title of “pre-eminent, playmaking prince of points” as six times he has achieved the prestigious 100-points plateau and on one other occasion, he maestroed 99-points. The latter output occurred just last season in the CHL with the Odessa Jackalopes where he finished circuit second in the league-wide scoring derby with 29-goals, 70-assists in 62-games, averaging a majestic 1.57 points per game. His 70-assists ranked as second most in the CHL while his 12-PPG were fifth most and his 29-PPA third highest. Moreover, the “Robinsonian” numbers included a league-high 41-PP/points; 3-SHG; 7-FG and 2-GWG. His superlative +20 rating from last season was #1 on the Odessa club.
For GM/Coach Kromm, it’s another time to reunite to coach one of pro hockey’s all-time great scoring wizards. “We are extremely happy to have the opportunity to sign Todd Robinson for Evansville and the IceMen. I have had the distinct pleasure of coaching Todd in the past. He is without question, one of the truly premiere players at all levels of pro hockey. His stats and list of career achievements certainly speak volumes in his standing as one of the all-time stars of this game. Furthermore and even more importantly, he is a proven winner with three championships earned in Muskegon as he was an exemplary leader for all three of those title teams. Todd hates to lose; is very passionate about the game and his team and he always demonstrates the consummate professional approach.”
A sterling seven-time league All-Star, five-time Muskegon scoring kingpin and three-time Team MVP, Robinson is elated about his new hockey address and can’t wait to get started wearing the IceMen coat of arms. My family and I are very excited to be coming to Evansville. The city looks great and it was quick to learn that the IceMen organization is absolutely outstanding from top to bottom with a management team that is both strong and solid. I am especially thrilled to be reunited with Rich. He originally brought me to Muskegon back in 2000. We both come from the same background and same hometown and we have enjoyed a lot of success together. It’s just great to be here and I am really looking forward to getting started and winning lots of games!”
Robinson’s best-ever season came in 2006-07 when he registered a Muskegon all-time club record 123-points on a career-high 44-goals along with 79-assists, laying claim to his first of three league scoring crowns and three league MVP awards. He was a member of Muskegon’s last three title timber teams in 2001-02; 2003-04; 2004-05.
With all of his enormous accomplishments of the regular season, “T.Rob” seemingly has been even better than that in the playoffs post season where he has been awesome and then-some. Three times he has been the overall league playoff scoring king in 2001-02, 2004-05 and 2008-09. In 2001-02, he also captured the UHL Playoff MVP award when he scored the dramatic, gigantic GWG at 4:16 of OT in Game #6 of the Finals against Elmira on an electrifying breakaway flight to capture the crown for the Muskegon Fury.
His career playoff numbers also rate as numbers for the ages in the context of minor pro hockey grandeur. In 119-career playoff games; 34-goals, 116-assists, 150-points for a per game point average of a gaudy 1.26.
In addition to his three regular season scoring championships, Robinson has finished runner-up in league-wide scoring twice and third in league point-productivity on one other occasion.
Today’s signing of center TODD ROBINSON brings to 4 the total number of players currently under contract for the upcoming 2011-12 CHL season. The three other players signed, sealed and delivered are defensemen JORDAN LITTLE; JAKE OBERMEYER and left wing MARK CODY.