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01-19-2013, 05:48 PM
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Bobby Robins a cult hero in Providence

Here's a story on the P-Bruins resident pest and scrapper Bobby Robins. He is leading the AHL in fighting majors and is inspired by Shawn Thornton.

Since landing here a year ago on a tryout contract, he’s made an astonishing ascent from journeyman to P-Bruins cult hero, thanks not only to his performance and his engaging personality but to his vivid and insightful writing on He’s probably the most popular P-Bruin since Aaron Downey.

There are similarities between Robins and another tough right winger who toiled for many years in the AHL before making the big time — Shawn Thornton of the Bruins. Coach Cassidy was an assistant coach in Norfolk when Thornton was there. “They were both straight-line players. Thorty had better puck skills. Bobby’s a better body-checker on the forecheck. Thornton’s hockey IQ was ahead of Bobby’s. He fought a lot and did very well, just like Bobby does,” Cassidy said.

Robins has never met Thornton, though the two may have traded a chirp or two on Tuesday night.
“I have so much respect for Thornton. He embodies what I want to be. He can play the game, he’s a good player. He makes plays, he has a great shot. Then everybody knows what he can do with his gloves off. I know he’s worked really hard to get where he is. If definitely inspires me,” he said.
Robins, who leads the AHL in fighting majors (21) and penalty minutes (183 in 34 games), is closer than he’s ever been to getting a shot in the NHL, either in Boston or elsewhere.

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