Robidas pictured with the Dallas Stars in 2009
March 3, 1977 |
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)|
|Played for||Montreal Canadiens
Toronto Maple Leafs
|NHL Draft||164th overall, 1995
Joseph Pierre Stéphane Robidas // (born March 3, 1977) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who currently works as assistant director of player development for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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.
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
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.
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. 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.
Toronto Maple Leafs
On July 1, 2014, Robidas signed a three-year, $9 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. 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.
Regular season and playoffs
|2014–15||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||52||1||6||7||34||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|First All-Star Team||1996, 1997|
|CHL Third All-Star Team||1996|
|Emile Bouchard Trophy||1997|
|CHL Second All-Star Team||1997|
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- "Maple Leafs sign Stephane Robidas to three-year deal". James Mirtle. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
- Hornby, Lance. "Stephane Robidas takes consultant role with Maple Leafs". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 17 January 2017.