The Boston Bruins announced on Friday afternoon they have signed forward, enforcer and former UMass Lowell River Hawk Bobby Robins to a two-year, two-way contract worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level.
Robins has spent the past two seasons with the Providence Bruins (AHL) and has posted six goals and 17 assists for 23 points over 107 games. Known for his physical game play and willingness to drop his gloves, the 31-year-old spent a good amount of the 2012-13 season inside the penalty box. The forward amassed, a career-high, 316 penalty minutes over 74 games, which lead both the P-Bruins and the AHL. His 316 PIM nearly double his previous high of 186 in a single season. Robins also tallied 150 PIM over 33 games with the P-Bruins in 2011-12.
The Peshtigo, Wis. native has a total of 212 AHL games under his belt with 17 goals and 28 assists and 610 penalty minutes. Robins earned a goal and an assist with 69 penalty minutes, which led the league, in 12 P-Bruins playoff games this season.
According to Joey MacDonald of ESPN, Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli said this year Robins would be part of the Bruins future.
Robins spent four-years (2002-06) with the River Hawks recording 32 goals, 37 assists for 69 points with 253 penalty minutes over 127 games. Undrafted, Robins signed a professional contract after he completed his time in Lowell. The forward has spent time with the Binghamton Senators, Rochester Americans, Albany River Rats, Syracuse Crunch, Abbotsford Heat and Providence Bruins of the AHL; the Elmira Jackals, Bakersfield Condors, and Chicago Express of the ECHL; Belfast Giants of the EIHL; and Jesenice in Austria over his professional career.
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