Claude Robinson dedicated a significant portion of his life to the enhancement of amateur hockey in Canada. His gifted foresight contributed to a better game on the ice and a sound organizational structure throughout the country.
Although Robinson was born in Harriston, Ontario, his family moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba when he was a boy. He played hockey on a number of local teams, the best of which was the Intermediate Winnipeg Victorias in 1904. He later served as secretary-treasurer of the Victorias' senior club that won the Allan Cup in 1911 and 1912.
Around the same time he was affiliated with the senior Vics, Robinson was lobbying for the establishment of a national body to preside over the evolution of amateur hockey in Canada. He laid the groundwork for the formation of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) during meetings the Chateau Laurier hotel in Ottawa on December 4, 1914. Robinson served as the new body's honourary secretary-treasurer during its first year of operation in 1914-15.
In March 1925 Robinson became the first person admitted to the CAHA as a life member. He was also formally recognized by his peers as being the true founder of the association. Additionally, Robinson was a member of the Canadian Amateur Athletic Union and was honoured by being asked to serve as a Trustee of the prestigious Allan and Abbott Cups. As a coach, he guided the Canadian Olympic side at the 1932 winter games at Lake Placid, New York.
He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947.