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Stephane Robidas

Position: Defense
Born: March 3, 1979 in Sherbrooke, QC, Canada
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 196 lbs
Shoots: Right
Teams: Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars

NHL All Star Game - 2009
TSN's "No Guts, No Glory" award for the toughest player - 2009

In 2009-10, Robidas was #1 in hits and #7 in blocked shots among defensemen.
In 2008-09, Robidas was #3 in hits among defensemen.
In 2007-08, Robidas was #4 in hits among defensemen.
In 2006-07, Robidas was #9 in hits among defensemen.
In 2005-06, Robidas was #6 in hits among defensemen.

Originally Posted by 8/29/2012
If actions speak louder than words, then Stephane Robidas has clearly been the Most Valuable Player on the Stars for the past four seasons. Three different assistant coaches have made him the most used player (or close to it) on the team in each of those seasons - and that is a heck of a statement.

Robidas clearly is a warrior who has fought to be a greater player than anyone ever expected. He might symbolize all that is good about the team in this most recent era…and also what is lacking.

Because, on most teams, Robidas probably shouldn’t be your No. 1 defenseman. He is not big at 5-11, 196. He is not especially fast or skilled. He is not a power play quarterback who will dazzle with a big shot or an amazing eye. He is good…very good at times…but that hasn’t always been good enough for a team that has missed the playoffs for four straight seasons.

His average actually slipped behind Alex Goligoski by one second last season, but that total was a little misleading, as Robidas played 44 seconds per game less on the power play and typically had the toughest minutes of any defenseman. If you ask most, he was considered the team’s best defenseman last season.

Originally Posted by scouting report
ASSETS: Moves the puck quickly and effectively out of the defensive zone. Is a very heady player with solid all-around ability. Steps up in big spots. Is always willing to take a hit to make a play. Dishes it out, too.

FLAWS: Should produce more points with his skill set, but has trouble providing consistent offense. Can struggle against big forwards and is prone to bone-jarring hits in the defensive zone that can wear him down.

Originally Posted by gameday scouting report 3/5/2010
Stephane Robidas – There is little question Robidas is the bell cow on the Dallas blueline. He has an absolute cannon of a shot, and he is not afraid to use it...

Originally Posted by GM Joe Nieuwendyk interview with 2/17/2010
Q: Which players would you like to see take on more of a leadership role for this team going forward?

A: I think there are guys that are good leaders like Stephane Robidas. He has the good core values we like to see in our players. I'm sure he sees some things he's probably not in agreement with as far as stuff that happens. He has an awful lot of respect in that locker room.

Originally Posted by interview clips from article 11/22/2009
"He comes in every day, and it doesn't matter if it's practice, playoffs or Game 40, he's giving it his all," said defenseman Nicklas Grossman, who was scratched on Monday with a lower-body injury. He's listed as day-to-day. "He always in good position and makes good first passes. He's just a reliable, solid defenseman, and he's a professional."
"The new rules and the fact that he was growing and maturing as a player hit at the same time," Crawford said. "You have to have great ability, you have to be able to skate, and strength is not the be-all-end-all of the defenseman. You have to be cagey, smart and have good skating ability. He has those things."
"He's not afraid to hit guys that are 20 or 30 pounds bigger or three or four inches taller than him," said Stars assistant coach Charlie Huddy, a former defenseman who won five Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980s. "He's not the biggest of guys, but he's a battler."
Originally Posted by Scott Burnside article for 12/18/2008
"That guy is the top of the league for young guys to look up to," said Nicklas Grossman, one of a group of youngsters that played well during Dallas's surprise run to the Western Conference finals last season. "Just the way he plays, the way he brings it every night. He doesn't have to say a word. He shows it on the ice.

"You see him play, you want to do the same."

Grossman recalled the night Robidas went down with a broken jaw.

"You see that and you go, 'Whoa, that's not good.' Then you see it's No. 3 and it's Robidas, and it's OK," Grossman said.
Last season, when Philippe Boucher and Zubov went down with injury, it was Robidas who answered the bell. He'd already established himself as fearless, but he also started to produce offense. Although Zubov returned for the playoffs, it was Robidas who provided the offensive spark, collecting 11 points in 18 postseason games and averaging 25:31 a night in ice time.
"He typifies a guy that we want to have as our identity," Tippett said. "Whether he's hurt or not hurt, he's in the most battles within a game of anybody. What he's done is transformed himself into a very intelligent player that plays well within a team game."

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