PRINCETON, N.J. – Former Toledo center Nathan Robinson became the 225th former ECHL player to advance to the National Hockey League when he made his debut with the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. Robinson played 13 shifts in Detroit’s 6-0 win against the New York Islanders, finishing with one shot and two penalty minutes.
Prior to being called up to Detroit, Robinson had scored 13 points (4g-9a) in 21 games with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.
In his first professional season in 2002-03, the 21-year-old Robinson scored 14 points (5g-9a) in nine games with Toledo and was named InGlasCo ECHL Player of the Week for February 24-March 2 after scoring seven points (4g-3a) in four games. Signed as a free agent following the Red Wings training camp in 2002, Robinson also played for Grand Rapids in 2002-03 scoring 17 points (3g-14a) in 53 regular season games and had three assists in eight playoff games.
The 5-9 and 175-pound Robinson led the Ontario Hockey League in scoring with 110 points (47g-63a) in 67 regular season games and scored 14 points (8g-6a) in 11 playoff games for Belleville, earning First Team All-OHL and First Team All-CHL honors. In his first three seasons with Belleville, he scored 125 points (62g-63a) in 177 regular season games and 31 points (13g-18a) in 46 playoff games.
Robinson becomes the 10th ECHL player to make his NHL debut in 2003-04 joining Darryl Bootland, who played for Detroit on November 8; Travis Brigley, who played for Colorado on October 26; Garrett Burnett, who played for Anaheim on October 8; Andrew Hutchinson, who played for Nashville on October 18; Boyd Kane, who played for Philadelphia on October 16; Michael Ryder, who played for Montreal on October 9; Dany Sabourin, who played for Calgary on October 29; Rastislav Stana, who played for Washington on November 14; and Mike Stuart, who played for St. Louis on October 24.