The Straubing Tigers have struck gold in their search for a new goalkeeper: Mat Robson is moving from the Minnesota Wild organization, where he signed an NHL entry-level contract in 2019, to Lower Bavaria.
Last season, Robson, who was born in Mississauga, Ontario, played for the Iowa Wild, the Minnesota Wild farm team in the American Hockey League. In the AHL, the 1.91m tall goalkeeper completed 26 appearances in the past season and scored an average of 2.97 goals against and a catch rate of 90.1 percent. The 24-year-old will wear the shirt number 40 for the Straubing Tigers and has already arrived in Straubing.
The left-wing catcher received his ice hockey training with the Lindsay Muskies and the Toronto Patriots in the OJHL (Ontario Junior Hockey League) and with the Penticton Vees in the BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League). In both divisions, which are among the most renowned Canadian youth leagues, he won the championship with his respective teams in 2014/15 and 2016/17.
He then spent the following two years with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers in the NCAA college league, where he scored 2.11 goals against in the first year and 2.78 in the second year and a catch quota of 93.3 and .92.1 percent was able to attract attention.
Jason Dunham, Sporting Director of the Straubing Tigers, says about the new signing: “After Mat 2019/20 had a very strong year with the Iowa Wild, the AHL partner of the Minnesota Wild, and thus with one of the best teams in this league we decided to give him his first chance in Europe. The fact that a player played on a team with a winning mentality is always a decisive factor for me when filling one of our import positions, because winning is contagious. Hopefully we can return to our virtues and strengths from last season. In any case, Mat is happy to be in Straubing and is absolutely ready to do everything to contribute to the success of the team. Now we just have to get him out of quarantine so that we can get started … “
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