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Former Western Kings star Kyle Robinson suiting up with the Notre Dame Hounds

Kyle Robinson, seen here lending a hand at the Juan Strickland Hockey School Wednesday morning at the Kinsmen Arena II in Corner Brook, will be playing this season for the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior A Hockey League.
Kyle Robinson, seen here lending a hand at the Juan Strickland Hockey School Wednesday morning at the Kinsmen Arena II in Corner Brook, will be playing this season for the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior A Hockey League. - Dave Kearsey

A gem on the blueline for the Western Kings throughout his provincial major midget hockey career, Kyle Robinson is going to find out how where he stands with the big boys.

Robinson, an 18-year Rocky Harbour native who graduated from the Western Kings major midget hockey squad at the end of last season, will be suiting up with the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior A Hockey League this winter.

Robinson, a slick-skating five-foot-11 rearguard, won the top defenceman award in provincial major midget hockey circles in his final year with the Western Kings.

He got a call from the Hounds organization back in April asking to see if he was interested in attending a Hounds identification camp and he jumped at the chance. Things went well for Robinson and he was invited back to the Hounds training camp that opens next week.

Robinson got a good idea of what the league has to offer when he went to the Hounds identification camp. He admits the pace was fast and it was more physical than he had experienced at home, but he felt good about how he fit in with his new teammates.

Robinson said he’s going to focus on keeping in good physical condition and believes his ability to play solid hockey in both ends of the rink is the way he sees himself fitting in and helping the Hounds put some wins on the board.

It’s a new team. A new place to call home for now.

It’s an exciting time for him so he’s hoping to make the most of the opportunity.

He believes his three years of competitive hockey with the Kings helped him grow as player and a person, and he learned a thing or two about what it takes to be a good player who is always accountable to himself and the team.

“You have to take it serious and put as much work into it as you can to get better and develop,” Robinson said.

He showed he could compete with the best in this province.

Now, his focus is on being an impact player in another province and he’s willing to work hard to see where the game takes him over the next few years.

“I’m looking forward to it. I’m excited,” he said.

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