FLYERS HIRE ROBINSON AS GOALIE DEVELOPMENT COACH
The Philadelphia Flyers have joined the ever-growing ranks of NHL teams to employ a full-time goaltending development coach to supplement the work of their NHL goalie coach. On Wednesday, the team announced the hiring of longtime Victoria Royals goaltending coach and Hockey Canada goaltending consultant Brady Robinson
as the organization's goalie development coach.
Last month, newly hired Flyers goaltending coach Kim Dillabaugh
brought Robinson along on an ad hoc basis to work together with the prospects attending the Flyers Development Camp in Voorhees, NJ. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall
indicated at the time that the organization planned to hire a development coach and goaltending scout.
Robinson and Dillabaugh have worked together in the past, primarily in conjunction with the Goaltending Development Institute (GDI). The GDI was founded by Ian Clark
(now the goaltending coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets) in 1996. Dillabaugh, who started out as a GDI student, became its British Columbia regional director.
Although Trail, BC native Robinson is just 32 years old, he brings a wealth of coaching experience to the table.
From 2006 to 2015, Robinson served as the goaltending coach for the Chilliwack Bruins and Victoria Royals (the Chilliwack franchise relocated to Victoria in 2011). He was also selected to serve as the western regional goaltending consultant for Hockey Canada.
In addition to working with Flyers goaltending prospects below the NHL level and staying in frequent contact with Dillabaugh, Robinson will also serve as a Flyers amateur-level goaltending scout.
Robinson graduated the University of Lethbridge in 2006 with a BA in kinesiology. He played his junior hockey for the BCHL's Trail Smoke Eaters.
Let go by the Flyers organization three days after the 2015 NHL Draft, former Phantoms and Flyers goalie Neil Little
had served as the team's primary goaltending scout in recent years and was also the de facto goalie development coach as time and logistics permitted.
TODAY IN FLYERS HISTORY FROM FlyersAlumni.org: AUGUST 20
1973: The Flyers sign defense prospect Doug Ferguson
to a three-year contract. Drafted by the organization in the 6th round of the 1973 draft, Ferguson will split the next three seasons between the Flyers minor league affiliates Richmond (AHL) and the NAHL's Philadelphia Firebirds.
1992: The Flyers sign veteran NHL defenseman Ric Nattress
as a free agent.
1999: The Flyers sign 1998 first-round pick Simon Gagne
to a three-year NHL contract.
2012: The Flyers sign left winger Scott Hartnell
to a six-year contract extension.
The Flyers Alumni will host a fantasy hockey camp from August 21-24 in Atlantic City, open to anyone age 21 and older. Instructors and Alumni participants will include Bernie Parent
, Brian Propp
, Ian Laperriere
, Todd Fedoruk
, Andre "Moose" Dupont
, Dave "the Hammer" Schultz
, Joe Watson
and Bob "the Hound" Kelly
Proceeds from Fantasy Camp will benefit Flyers Charities and the Flyers Alumni Association.
Camp participants will be split into teams and will have the opportunity to practice with Alumni coaches at Flyers Skate Zone Atlantic City. The weekend will culminate in a round-robin style tournament on Saturday. A goalie clinic with Parent as well as a skills competition are also planned.
The Saturday schedule is as follows:
10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – “Team CDW” on-ice practice session, coached by Fedoruk and Propp.
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. – “Team River Rock” on-ice practice session, coached by Parent and Joe Watson.
1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – “Team Toyota” on-ice practice session, coached by Laperriere and Schultz.
2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. – All-participants skills competition. Events include fastest skater, puck control serpentine, hardest shot, and breakaway shootout.
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Goalie clinic with Hockey Hall of Famer Parent.
4:15 p.m. – First game of Fantasy Camp, “Team CDW” (Fedoruk/Propp) vs. “Team River Rock” (Parent/Watson).