It is with professionalism, competitive spirit and perseverance that Stéphane Robidas became one of the best hockey players of his generation. Inspired by Raymond Bourque, his idol, his standards were always set very high.
A native of Sherbrooke, Robidas constantly demonstrated that his talent was inversely proportional to his size. From early on, he was a step ahead of his age class, always playing with older players.
After his Midget AAA season with the Magog Cantonniers, his enormous potential impressed the Shawinigan Cataractes, who made him their 3rd round pick in the 1993 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft.
At 16 years of age, he joined his new team, not knowing that he would one day become its captain, let alone assume that his #19 jersey would be retired by the Cataractes 18 years later. He also had no idea that he would become a 7th round pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 1995.
His four seasons with the Cataracts can be summed up by the word excellence. He would twice be named a 1st Team All-Star (1995-96 and 1996-97), not to mention that he was crowned Defenceman of the Year in 1996-97, at 19 years of age.
He still holds several Shawinigan franchise records for a defenceman, but the most prestigious is his 245 career points in the regular season. On 5 occasions, he registered four-point games.
After three seasons in the American League, Robidas began his professional career in 2000-01 with his childhood team, the Montreal Canadiens.
Considering that he sustained a few major injuries during his 15-year NHL career, he still managed to play 984 games, including 47 in the playoffs. In total, he played for five teams, but it was with the Dallas Stars that he played the highest number of games (746).
With them, he enjoyed his best offensive season with 41 points in 2009-10.
Reliable defensively, he holds a lifetime +/- differential of +14, he could also contribute offensively as shown by his 273 points. Almost a third of his offensive production came on the power-play.
In 2009, he was rewarded with an invitation to the NHL All-Star Game that was presented in Montreal.
He played for Canada at the 2001, 2006 and 2013 World Championships. During the NHL lockouts, he took the opportunity to play in Europe. In 2004-05, during his stay in Germany, he recorded a personal-high 47 points in 51 games.
Since his retirement in 2015, he has shared his time between the CCM Academy in Sherbrooke and the Toronto Maple Leafs with whom he ensures player development.
In addition, since 2012, he has been one of the co-owners of the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the QMJHL.
Stéphane Robidas the QMJHL Hall of Fame as a player on April 8th, 2020.
|Saison régulière / Regular Season|
|Séries éliminatoires / Playoffs|