Bobby Robins is a retired professional ice hockey player who finished his career with the Boston Bruins Organization. He played professionally in many leagues across the world including the National Hockey League, American Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League, and stints in the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom and the Erste Bank Ice Hockey League in Austria.
He retired in 2015 after a concussion forced him out of the game. Robins skated in over 500 professional hockey games.
Robins holds a place in the history books as the oldest rookie to make an NHL Opening Day Roster with the Boston Bruins at age 32, after 8 seasons in the minor leagues.
Known as a rough and tumble forward who never backed down from a fight, he led his team on and off the ice as a Captain and Assistant Captain, and always serving a leadership role on his team. He was twice named the AHL Man of the Year, with the Binghamton Senators and Providence Bruins, for his work in the community and effort on and off the ice. Robins also received the Community Service Award two years in a row with the Providence Bruins in 2012 and 2013.
Before turning pro, Robins spent four years at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, a Division 1 program that competes in the Hockey East Conference, where he served as Team Captain for the Riverhawks during his Senior season. After his Senior season in 2006 he received awards including, Team MVP Award, Leading Scorer Award, Male Student-Athlete of the Year, University of Maine Most Respected Opponent Award, Hockey East All-Academic Team, Fan Favorite Award, and graduated in 2006 Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in English Writing.
He signed an NHL contract with the Ottawa Senators after his Senior season at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, beginning his professional career, which would take him all across the world to chase his dream to play in the NHL. In 2014 that finally happened when he took the ice with the Boston Bruins on opening night and helped his team to a win against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Robins uses his experienced gained over a lifetime of athletic pursuit to motivate and inspire people to reach their full potential, not only in their sport, but in the classroom and in their lives. Throughout his career, Robins has faced adversity and challenges, which he speaks openly about and has the ability to captivate an audience with his unique experience as a hockey player, but more importantly, as small-town kid who set his sights on a lofty goal and went for it with everything he has.
He is reflecting back on his life and sharing unique stories of trials and tribulations and made him stronger in the end. His motivational message rings true for athletes and non-athletes alike because he has such a heart to speak his truth fearlessly and openly to anyone who wants to go for a wild ride through the chaotic world of professional hockey, where bare-knuckle fighting is a part of the job description for anyone willing to do it.
After 150 professional hockey fights, Robins has traded in the blood, sweat, and tears of professional hockey, for an opportunity to impact lives and motivate people to make a difference in their community, on their teams, and in their schools.
Robins is currently writing, speaking, and sharing his testimony to others so that they may be inspired by his incredible story of his climb through the ranks of professional hockey, literally fighting his way to the top, and finally achieving his childhood dream of playing in the NHL for the Boston Bruins.