Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Randy Robitaille
After staring for the Ottawas Jr. Senators of the CJHL, Randy Robitaille took his game to the University of Miami-Ohio where he performed as a nimble, high scoring centreman who dominated his league for two seasons. A CCHA All-Rookie team member in 1995-96, Robitaille returned the following year capturing CCHA First Team All-Star honours and NCAA All-American honours. However, the problem facing the talented pivot was that he was playing on the outskirts of traditional scouting venues. As such, he was not picked up in the NHL draft.

Taking matters into his own hands, he signed as a free agent with the Boston Bruins in 1997. He suited up that night for his first big-league action only to suffer a shoulder injury that ended his season.

Robitaille spent the next two years trying to get a foothold with the Bruins, but he just couldn't pick up enough games to showcase his talent. Instead he spent most of his time in the AHL with the Providence Bruins. With Providence, Robitaille was named to he AHL First All-Star team and was the recipient of the Les Cunningham Award as the league's most valuable player, leading the baby Bruins to the 1999 Calder Cup championships. In 1999, Robitaille was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers who then passed him along to the Nashville Predators. His arrival in Tennessee marked the start of his full-time status in the NHL.

In 2001, Robitaille signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Kings and played 18 games before he was acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Upon his arrival in Pittsburgh in 2001-02, Robitaille went on to establish a career high in points with 40. The Ottawa native returned to the Penguin line-up the following year before being traded to the New York Islanders at the 2003 March trading deadline.

After a short stay with the Islanders, Robitaille joined the Atlanta Thrashers in the summer of 2003 before suiting up with Zurich of the Swiss Elite League during the 2004-05 lock out season. In the summer of 2005, Robitaille was re-acquired by Nashville, however, just prior to the 2005-06 season was claimed on waivers by the Minnesota Wild.

His stint with the Wild was short lived however, after only 67 games with the club the free agent centreman signed with the Philadelphia Flyers in the off-season. Robitaille would appear in 28 games with the Flyers before the club dealt him to the New York Islanders in exchange for Mike York.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1993-94 Ottawa Jr. Senators ON-Jr.A 57 33 55 88 31
1994-95 Ottawa Jr. Senators ON-Jr.A 54 48 77 125 111
1995-96 Miami University Redskins CCHA 36 14 31 45 26
1996-97 Miami University Redskins CCHA 39 27 34 61 44
1996-97 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Boston Bruins NHL 4 0 0 0 0 -2
1997-98 Providence Bruins AHL 48 15 29 44 16 -12
1998-99 Boston Bruins NHL 4 0 2 2 0 -1 1 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Providence Bruins AHL 74 28 74 102 34 +15 19 6 14 20 20
1999-00 Nashville Predators NHL 69 11 14 25 10 -13
2000-01 Nashville Predators NHL 62 9 17 26 12 -11
2000-01 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 19 10 23 33 4 +16
2001-02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 18 4 3 7 17 -9
2001-02 Manchester Monarchs AHL 6 7 3 10 0 +1
2001-02 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 40 10 20 30 16 -14
2002-03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 41 5 12 17 8 +5
2002-03 New York Islanders NHL 10 1 2 3 2 0 5 1 1 2 0
2003-04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 69 11 26 37 20 -12
2004-05 ZSC Lions Zurich Swiss 36 22 45 67 56 15 2 16 18 10
2005-06 Minnesota Wild NHL 67 12 28 40 54 -5
2006-07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 28 5 12 17 22 -4
2006-07 New York Islanders NHL 50 6 17 23 22 -2 5 0 2 2 8
2007-08 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Russia 14 3 5 8 10
2007-08 Ottawa Senators NHL 68 10 19 29 18 +4 2 0 1 1 0
2008-09 HC Lugano Swiss 30 1 27 28 10 7 2 2 4 22
2009-10 HC Lugano Swiss 50 16 49 65 72 3 0 1 1 30
2010-11 San Antonio Rampage AHL 28 5 14 19 8 -13
2011-12 Metallurg Novokuznetsk KHL 53 13 13 26 52
2012-13 Metallurg Novokuznetsk KHL 38 9 24 33 38
2012-13 HK Donbass Donetsk KHL 11 4 5 9 8 1 0 1 1 0
2013-14 HK Donbass Donetsk KHL 49 8 20 28 55 5 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 531 84 172 256 201 13 1 4 5 8


OCJHL First All-Star Team (1995)
CCHA First All-Star Team (1997)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1997)
AHL First All-Star Team (1999)
Les Cunningham Award (AHL - MVP) (1999)
Signed as a free agent by Boston, March 27, 1997. Traded to Atlanta by Boston for Peter Ferraro, June 25, 1999. Traded to Nashville by Atlanta for Denny Lambert, August 16, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, July 6, 2001. Claimed on waivers by Pittsburgh from Los Angeles, January 4, 2002. Traded to NY Islanders by Pittsburgh for Philadelphia's 5th round pick (previously acquired, Pittsburgh selected Evgeni Isakov) in 2003 NHL Draft, March 9, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, August 12, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Zurich (Swiss), April 26, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Nashville, August 19, 2005. Claimed on waivers by Minnesota from Nashville, October 4, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, July 4, 2006. Traded to NY Islanders by Philadelphia with Philadelphia's 5th round pick (Matthew Martin) in 2008 NHL Draft for Mike York, December 20, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Yaroslavl (Russia), May 18, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, October 16, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Lugano (Swiss), August 26, 2008. Signed to a PTO (professional tryout) contract by San Antonio (AHL), February 8, 2011.
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