WHEELING, W.Va. – The Wheeling Nailers announced the death of former defenseman Darcy Robinson. Robinson was 26 years old.
Robinson was playing for Asiago in the Italian Ice Hockey Federation. According to the Asiago web site, Robinson was skating during the first period of the team’s season opener against Renon when he fell to the ice without being hit. The game was suspended and Robinson was taken to local hospital where he was pronounced dead. No cause of death was immediately known.
Selected in the eighth round (233rd overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Robinson played for Wheeling in parts of three seasons and had six points (2g-4a) and 47 penalty minutes in 16 games. He also played in the American Hockey League with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton between 2001-2005 and had 21 points (3g-18a) and 237 penalty minutes in 158 regular season games while appearing in seven playoff games, including 2004 when the Penguins reached the Calder Cup Finals.