I started this Blog to see if I could actually do it. I want to inspire and motivate people, and spread the message that it's perfectly normal to aim as high as you can and chase down that dream like your life depends on it.
The dream that I am chasing is to play in the NHL. I also want to become a writer (a famous one, someday). This Blog provides me with an outlet to express my thoughts and ideas about hockey and life, but most importantly my opinion that you can reinvent yourself, improve, and get better every single day. I try to become a better athlete, writer, and person on a daily basis. I have discovered a few tricks and tips along the way, and feel passionate about sharing them with you. This sharing process is symbiotic in that I am held accountable to continue writing, providing content, and looking for ways to improve myself every single day.
I grew up in Northern Wisconsin and spent most of my time playing hockey, as you can imagine. Just like any other kid, I knew I always wanted to be a pro hockey player. I had this vision in my mind early on, as early as age five, and luckily I had positive people around me who nurtured and supported this dream I had. Thanks to my parents, friends, and relatives, for always supporting me. And if you are a parent, friend, or relative, always believe a kid when he or she says, "I want to be a _________, when I grow up." Believe it and do everything you can to help along the way.
I played four years at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell for the Riverhawks, and served at team captain my senior year. Those college years were pivotal for me in figuring out where my life was headed. I decided that I would study English because that is what I was genuinely interested in. I had been writing my whole life. It seemed only natural to study it in college. My enthusiasm and skills in writing grew during those four college years, thanks to a passionate English Department and the opportunity to take a one on one Directed Study with famous author, Andre Dubus III.
While playing Division 1 hockey and competing in Hockey East, I continued to work and hard and grow every year as a hockey player. It was in my Junior year that I started to truly believe that I could do it, that I could play pro hockey. It was then that I became 100% consumed with attaining my goal. I worked harder than I ever had before. After a successful Senior season, it happened. I left school after my last college game to join up with the Binghamton Senators of the AHL. I finished out the season with Binghamton and kept up with my classes between games, and graduated Cum Laude in 2006.
I turned professional that year, and signed a contact with the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League. I played two NHL exhibition games that year, but didn't make the final roster. I have been on a roller coaster ride through the minor leagues and through the European ranks ever since. I have experienced ups and downs and wrong turns and right turns. Along the way, I discovered many things about myself and what I am willing to do chase my dream. I discovered things about myself that were holding me back from my full potential. I was forced to confront these obstacles. The most nefarious force was my addiction to nicotine and chewing tobacco, a little "habit" I picked up in my teenage years.
After a cancer scare and a life-changing victory against nicotine, the most addictive drug known to man, I finally saw my true potential as an athlete and as a person in 2010. Ever since then, I have been upgrading in improving myself in every way. I got off track on my path to the NHL, and almost gave up at one point. Now I am back and more motivated than ever. I feel like a completely different person now, and that is because I am. But this is me today. Tomorrow I will be better, and on, and on. And who knows what the end point is, or if there even is one. All I know is that I am on a certain path today, and for some reason, our paths crossed and you are reading my words.
Give me a shot, and read a few more.
Bobby Robins, 2012