Stéphane Robidas

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Stéphane Robidas
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Robidas with the Dallas Stars in 2009
Born (1977-03-03) March 3, 1977 (age 40)
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Montreal Canadiens
Dallas Stars
Chicago Blackhawks
Frankfurt Lions
HIFK
Anaheim Ducks
Toronto Maple Leafs
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 164th overall, 1995
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1997–2015

Joseph Pierre Stéphane Robidas /ˈrbɪdɑː/ (born March 3, 1977) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman.

Robidas played over 900 games in the NHL, most of which came within the Dallas Stars' organisation. He also played for the Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He currently works as a consultant for the Maple Leafs.

Playing career[edit]

Montreal Canadiens (1999-2002)[edit]

Robidas was selected 164th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 7th round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. During his three seasons with the Canadiens, Robidas recorded 23 points in 122 games.

Dallas Stars (2002-2003)[edit]

On October 4, 2002, Robidas was claimed by the Atlanta Thrashers as part of the NHL Waiver Draft, and subsequently was dealt to the Dallas Stars for a 6th round selection in 2002. He appeared in a career-high 76 games during the 2002-03 NHL season.

Chicago Blackhawks (2003-2005)[edit]

Robidas was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in November 2003 for Jon Klemm and a fourth round selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Robidas skated in 45 games for the Blackhawks during the subsequent season. Due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Robidas played for the Frankfurt Lions of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) during the entire 2004–05 lockout season. Later in the season, he was joined on the team by fellow NHLer Doug Weight, and the pair became fan favorites.

Return to Dallas (2005-2014)[edit]

In August 2005, following the lockout, Robidas returned to the Stars by signing a two-year contract.

In December 2006 the Stars signed him to a three-year, USD$4.5 million contract extension. On March 17, 2007, he was punched while charging Jordin Tootoo of the Nashville Predators after Mike Modano had been checked by Tootoo. Tootoo still had his gloves on when he punched Robidas, and he hit Robidas square in the face. Robidas went down hard and was taken off the ice on a stretcher. He was taken to a hospital for examination. He later checked out of the hospital after being diagnosed with a concussion and flew back to Dallas with the team.

During the 2008 NHL playoffs against the Anaheim Ducks in game 5, Robidas took a clearing shot from Todd Marchant off the face that broke his nose. He returned to the game after receiving stitches and had a solid outing even though Dallas came up short 5–2. The next game in Dallas, Robidas scored the game tying goal shortly before he would set up Stu Barnes for the series-clinching goal, as Dallas went on to defeat the Anaheim Ducks 4–1 and take the series 4–2 on home ice.

Robidas was selected to play in the 57th NHL All-Star Game in Montreal despite having suffered a broken jaw.

Robidas won TSN's "No Guts, No Glory" contest, an unofficial award for the 2008–09 NHL season's toughest player. He was selected as the winner after a loose puck had broken his jaw in a game against the Phoenix Coyotes; Robidas missed only one shift after the incident and played more minutes than any skater in that game.

He was also placed on a stand-by list by Team Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics should an injury occur during the tournament.[1]

Anaheim Ducks (2014)[edit]

During the 2013–14 season, on November 29, 2013 against the Chicago Blackhawks Robidas broke his right leg in a collision with the boards behind the net. Nearing a return to full health, Robidas was traded to the Anaheim Ducks for a 2014 fourth-round draft pick on March 4, 2014.[2] During the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, in his first game back in Dallas as a member of the Ducks, Robidas fractured his right leg again just above the previous fracture.[3]

Toronto Maple Leafs (2014-2017)[edit]

On July 1, 2014, Robidas signed a three-year, $9 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.[4] In poor health due to the two leg fractures sustained in the 13–14 season, Robidas, after one season with the Leafs, sat out the entirety of the following 2015–16 and 2016–17 seasons. Robidas joined the Maple Leafs' front office as a consultant in January 2017, effectively signalling his retirement from the league.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 67 3 18 21 33
1994–95 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 71 13 56 69 44 15 7 12 19 4
1995–96 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 67 23 56 79 53 6 1 5 6 10
1996–97 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 67 24 52 75 59 7 4 6 10 14
1997–98 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 79 10 21 31 50 4 0 2 2 0
1998–99 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 79 8 33 41 59 15 1 5 6 10
1999–00 Quebec Citadelles AHL 76 14 31 45 36 3 0 1 1 0
1999–00 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 65 6 6 12 14
2001–02 Montreal Canadiens NHL 56 1 10 11 14 2 0 0 0 4
2002–03 Dallas Stars NHL 76 3 7 10 35 12 0 1 1 20
2003–04 Dallas Stars NHL 14 1 0 1 8
2003–04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 45 2 10 12 33
2004–05 Frankfurt Lions DEL 51 15 32 47 64 6 1 2 3 6
2005–06 Dallas Stars NHL 75 5 15 20 67 5 0 2 2 4
2006–07 Dallas Stars NHL 75 0 17 17 86 7 0 1 1 2
2007–08 Dallas Stars NHL 82 9 17 26 85 18 3 8 11 12
2008–09 Dallas Stars NHL 72 3 23 26 76
2009–10 Dallas Stars NHL 82 10 31 41 70
2010–11 Dallas Stars NHL 81 5 25 30 67
2011–12 Dallas Stars NHL 75 5 17 22 48
2012–13 HIFK SM-l 15 2 3 5 22
2012–13 Dallas Stars NHL 48 1 12 13 56
2013–14 Dallas Stars NHL 24 4 1 5 12
2013–14 Anaheim Ducks NHL 14 1 4 5 8 3 0 0 0 2
2014–15 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 52 1 6 7 34
NHL totals 937 57 201 258 713 47 3 12 15 44

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2001 Canada WC 5th 7 0 1 1 0
2006 Canada WC 4th 9 1 1 2 6
Senior totals 16 1 2 3 6

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
QMJHL
First All-Star Team 1996, 1997
CHL Third All-Star Team 1996
Emile Bouchard Trophy 1997
CHL Second All-Star Team 1997
NHL
All-Star Game 2009

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Team Canada names reserves for Olympics". The Sports Network. 2010-01-20. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  2. ^ "Ducks acquire Robidas for pick gained in Penner deal". The Sports Network. 2014-03-04. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  3. ^ "Ducks' Robidas leaves game with fractured leg". Steve Hunt. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Maple Leafs sign Stephane Robidas to three-year deal". James Mirtle. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Hornby, Lance. "Stephane Robidas takes consultant role with Maple Leafs". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 

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