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Buddy Robinson | Average To Savage EP130


This is the one hundred and thirtieth episode of the Average to Savage podcast featuring NHL player Buddy Robinson. Paul Guarino talked with Buddy Robinson discussing his journey to the NHL as an undrafted player, what keep him going between AHL/NHL, and his love for cooking.

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This podcast interview with Buddy Robinson was originally recorded on July 22, 2021

This is the Average to Savage podcastwith paul Guerrino. Everyone in anyone athletes, celebs andmuch more. Okay, this episode is brought to you byManscaped who is the best men's below the waist grooming champions of theworld. Manscaped offers precision engineered tools for your family jewels.Manscaped just launched their fourth generation trimmer, the lawnmower fourpoint oh, you heard that right? The four point oh, join the two million menworldwide who trust Manscaped with this exclusive offer for you? 20% off andfree worldwide shipping with the code P. G at Manscaped dot com. Get 20% off and free shipping with thecode PG and Manscaped dot com. That's 20% off. Free shipping and Manscapeddot com and use the code PG unlock your confidence and always use the righttools for the job with landscape. What's up everybody? Welcome back toanother episode of the Average to Savage podcasts. Our special guesttoday is Buddy Robinson, buddy, how's it going? Good man. Thanks for havingme today. Yeah, I appreciate you coming on. Let's just let's just go back intime like what was your first memory of playing hockey? Damn. I used to uh,there's a ring around the corner here um The old Coliseum where the flyersback in like early 90s were practiced and add just around the corner. I thinkit was before he's and my dad used to take me there just to skate and kind offell in love with again there and he, he liked it. So he kind of got me andmy brother into it and he just taught us how to escape the first couple oftimes and then saw we had a little bit of a knack for it. So I brought us overto holly dale and got us some like learned a scalar into play program.Kind of just went from there. Yeah, Yeah for sure. Um What about like didyou play any other sports growing up? Oh yeah. Baseball, soccer. I lovebaseball. Like If you would have gone back to my 10 year old self, baseballwould have been to play. I was the first your baseball guy but hockey justkind of kept growing and growing and then eventually I had to pick one inhigh school and it was hockey uh felt I had a better chance at it. For sure.Yeah I know hockey. You got a lot of early mornings like what was that likeyou guys are kids just like traveling all over. I can't imagine now I'mpushing 30 and I'm like thinking about my own kids coming on like damn likewhen I have kids it's gonna be nuts. My parents were crazy waking up at four amto take me in the dead of winter into a hockey rink and sit there and watchsome kids fall over the ice but you know, appreciate what they did becauseit worked out. But man, it was, there's some early morning, you're, you'rewalking into the rink half dressed, it's 4 30 you're excited, you're happyto be there and all the parents sharing up in the stands and started to leantowards outside now. Yeah, definitely. And now I always ask everybody that'slike a pro athlete like what, like I know you kind of mentioned it like youpicked hockey in high school like over baseball and things like that. Likewhen did you know like was there a moment that you knew you were likebetter than the rest or like something like that? It was kind of weird like mycareer was strange growing up, I was I was bigger than everyone when I wasreally young. You know like that 5678 year old range. And then I kind ofstopped. So like my preteen early teenage years I was like 57 freshmen inhigh school and everyone was just bigger more mature than me. So I waslike damn I'm not gonna be able to keep up. And then I think everyone knew Iwas going to grow eventually like these big hands and big feet as like a 13year old. So eventually I grew the body, the body caught up. And then um in highschool is kind of where I started realizing okay maybe I can play alittle bit at a higher level and got picked up by a junior team. And uh theOPI in Canada used to be the O. P. J. H. L. The Hamilton red wings and I thoughtI'd give it a shot instead of college definitely wasn't mature enough forcollege yet at 18 years old down here. So um it was good I took a little bitof time to play some junior hockey and...

...kind of took off from there just neverreally was looking to the NHL it was just always like alright next step isavailable right? College college once you know? Okay now there's a chance forpro so just kind of took it one level at a time. Yeah for those that don'tknow you're 66 right? Yeah 6 6-30. So I got a frame yeah for sure. Um And thenyeah just going to like junior hockey could you just like explain to peoplethat don't understand like don't know like you went to junior hockey. I knowI know what you mean, but you went to junior hockey into college. Yeah sojunior hockey is like this it's um kind of a middle ground for guys who want toplay college hockey but um aren't quite ready to go right away after highschool. So you got like two or three years of eligibility to play junior A.They call it, it's not you know the O. H. L. Or the Q. J. H. L. Or the WHL outwest. It's like it's considered Jr in the United States we have the U. S. H.L. The NHL and candidates like the O. P. And then every province has their ownuh their own junior league. So it's kind of just this league where everyoneplays nobody's really in high school anymore. And um college scouts willcome watch you and then you you know if you're lucky enough like myself, youget some interest from some division one, division three colleges and uh youhave a couple of choices and you make one and uh that's where you go toschool, you can sign a letter of intent out of junior, just like any othersport, but Hockey is little different. You can be a 21 year old freshmanrather than, you know, like 17, 18 years old. So it's so it's a littlefunny going into school and you're meeting all your classmates and they'reall 18 and you're 21 and but it's a good experience though and you know,you play a lot of video games, play a lot of hockey and just kinda that'skind of where the term, you know, living the dream comes from. So justout there playing some hockey and taking it one day at a time to joinlife. Yeah. Yeah, I remember being in college and I had like retake thisclass and it was like a freshman class and I was sitting next to hockey kidand he was 21 I was 22. I was a senior and he was a freshman and I was justlike, yeah, I was like, I can't even imagine like, yeah, you feel behind alittle bit, but it's good. At least you can buy a beer if you want to whileyou're in school. Yeah. Yeah, definitely. And then, yeah, what was itlike? I know you're a veteran now in Canada, but like what was it like whenyou first moved to Canada? Was it like kind of like a colder shock? Yeah, forsure it was this was OO nine, so like cell phones, everything around, butthere was no roaming, there was no like international plan. So my first yearjunior funny enough I had no car and no phone. I was just out there playingvideo games and going to practice every day. That's kind of what we had, it'scalled a billet family. So this family that's close to the team and they hostyou and you just kind of live with them and eat what they cook. And I was apicky eater. So that was tough for me. But um I broke through that and youknow, just get a ride to the rink every morning with your teammate and comehome when he's ready, play your games and move on. Just, you know, just keepbusy and making some friends. But no, no phone, no uh no car. So it's toughto explore. But it was definitely cool to be a part of like uh you know,hockey cold drop in Canada. So it's still really cool to be a part of that.Yeah. Yeah. That's funny just to think about like we're the same, we're thesame age pretty much. And it's funny just think about like 10 years ago howphones weren't even like this guy. Yeah like how much further it's coming. Youknow like there's no roaming, you can call, you make a call at 6 58 you'regonna get charged $100 if you call in the States, you know, wait till sevenPM to call. It's so funny. Um. Yeah and then what what was it, what was yourrecruiting process like to college? Yeah, so I went to a lake superiorstate in Susan re michigan all the way up there at the U. P. That that wasculture shock coming from like suburbs of philadelphia and then you're goingup to a little town with 10,000 people. But um it was good like the recruitingwas just you know you play you play some hockey and you know the scouts arethere every night and you're just hoping to impress a couple of themduring the season. And how it normally goes is like they'll send the assistantcoach out and if he likes you, you know, they'll bring the other assistant coachout and then they'll have a chat with...

...you after and they are like keepplaying good, we'll be in touch and then eventually you know that The headcoach will come down and if you like 20 cities and they reach out and then theywant to bring you on a visit. So just like most sports you'll have yourofficial recruiting visit and you will fly in or your dry. I drove, I wasclose enough to drive. So then you see the campus and catch a game, hang outwith the guys afterwards and normally their job is to do their best torecruit you to the school and I'll show you a good time. So I had a good time.I, uh, my recruiting trip and signed my little antenna a week later. Gotcha. Soyou're just, you're just one and done. You just visit one school? Yeah, it wasjust one school. I kind of knew what I knew what I liked. Told me to give it acouple of days. I think I think it over, but I enjoyed the, uh, the guys thereso much and then they showed me a great time and just like the whole culturethere was, it was nice and it was fun school, really small compared to whatI'm used to back here, the city suburb living. So it was good. It was a reallygood time and uh, cold though, definitely very cold. Yeah. And then,um, so like, well like after your, you were there for two years. So like your,it was your senior year quote unquote I guess. Um, like what, what, what wasyour expectations like for like the NHL and things like that. You really didn't,you know, I came into college happy to be there. You know, the Vision one,this is cool. I got the play and that was when I was playing every game andkind of on one of the top couple lines freshman and sophomore year and then Isaw more season ended in um college. You have family advisors are called. Sothey have like, like a friend of mine who I met my junior experience, He giveme a call after myself here and said, hey, you got some interests from theNHL, the Ottawa senators are calling and they want to see if you want toleave school early. So same idea, they flew me out to Ottawa, um, for a littlevisit and of course, you know, they roll the red carpet out bells andwhistles, Welcome the NHL and I couldn't sign on that dotted line fastenough. Um, it was, it was hard. It was hard to leave school. Obviously you're,you're leaving a bunch of friends and you know, you spend every day withthese guys for two years and then you leave like just like that. So that wastough. But you get an opportunity to, to live your dream. You know, you gotta,you gotta jump on that. So it was great. I think to send a lot for four years,3.5 years with them and it was good, gave me a good shot and you know, happyto still be playing. Yeah, for sure. So yeah, you spent like four seasons inthe NHL then you get you got called up during the 1516 season. What was thatlike to get called up to the NHL? Yeah, it was definitely a grind, you know, 3,4 years h L just grinding away, grinding away. It's it's a tough toughroad down there because everyone is fighting for the same job and once youget that call you got a chance to play, it's it's kind of surreal, right?You're you signed that contract to be in the NHL and then you know, you'reyou gotta work for it to get up and once you get called up it's it's kindof surreal and it's definitely a lot of incentives and want to stay. So youwork hard just to make sure that you can stick there one day and it's uhit's a different lifestyle man, you treated great and everything is uheverything's great so it's it makes you want to work hard and to make sureyou're sticking their. Yeah. Yeah for sure. What is like what's like HL lifelike? Is it like because I know like I'm thinking like minor league baseballbut like H. L. Is like triple A. Basically to yeah you're right there soyou're right there and it's it's very similar to what I was explaining tojunior hockey. Like you know it's pro hockey, you're playing in the secondbest league in the world. Um Your one call away from being the NHL the nextnight so you're just doing everything you can your nightly basis, you knowthat there's teams watching, it doesn't have to be your team, you get traded atany time. You know, I've gone through that myself once and that's definitelyinteresting and You just won't call away. So you know during the days youwake up you got your 11:00 practice, 10:00 practice. A lot of teams rightaround that time and then after that it's just killing time again. You'reyou know, you work out your home normally buy one or two every day andyou know, hang out with your teammates,...

...get some lunch and I don't know just doyour best to stay busy. It's a pretty free it's a pretty free schedule in theamerican league that you're playing mostly weekend games and you've gotmonday through thursday to just practice and then hang out during theweek. So we spent a lot of time of your teammates that you get close like that.Yeah. Yeah, definitely. Yeah, I mean you've been, you've been consistentthrough your HL career, just like, like just looking at your numbers, like whatkeeps you uh consistent, I just like learning my game right? Like I grew,you know, it was there was an adjustment period from college to proand figuring out like I'm not this, you know, skill guy dangle everybody around,you know, like I'm not that that suit guy out there on the ice anymore, likeI used to be able to when I was younger, you just, you know, use my body get tothe front of that and it's just, you know, that's just how I got to score mygoals, get my points and that's how I'm going to produce, lay the body, hit,some people make some noise, make, make sure everyone knows him out there andthen bang a couple of greasy goals home in front. So that's just kind of whereI like to live and get a couple of bouncing off your legs or your, butthat's always a plus. Yeah, for sure. What about, who was your, who's yourfirst NHL goal against and what was that feeling like? First goal againstwas Al Montoya, I think for the florida panthers, we were playing in Ottawa ismy second game Ever in the NHL were playing in Ottawa and the night beforewas my first game, of course, right nervous his house to penalties -1, notthe best start you're gonna have. So I'm all nervous, I'm not gonna get toplay again. And the next night I go out there and I was able to get a goal isjust um tip in. I was just stand in front, like I said, it just getting tothe front of the net and just got a piece of a puck and deflected onebasket. And then after that it was just black because it was, it was a surrealmoment. And then, you know, I got the puck, it's actually my office somewhereover there, but I got the puck and they made a nice little frame for me andit's just uh just waiting to put it up on the wall somewhere. I just movedinto a new place last summer, so still remodeling a little bit. Yeah, that'sawesome. And then, yeah, I know you went through a few free agencies andyou're currently, you said you're in one right now. What are, what are thoselike and like what is it like to move around to a new team Stressful. Um sowe've got a few more days here, it's free agency in July 28. Um Normallystart getting a, you know, a couple of feelers here and their teams areinterested or what's going on. I'm hoping to be back with Calgary, enjoyedmy time three years over with them and uh I feel like it's a good fit for me,but for ages he's always progress for, you never know like right now there'sno job and I'm just hoping to, you know, get get that phone call that you'regoing back for another year or you know, maybe a two year deal is it's alwaysnice, a little security. But for agencies always exciting and nervous atthe same time because you get a call from whoever you're going here, youknow, pack your bags, you're off to a new city. So it's exciting. But alsonerve wracking because sometimes you're going to a team where you don't knowanyone don't know any coaches are just flying in there blind and it's toughbut part of the gig and just kind of move on with it. Yeah. Yeah definitely.And then tell me about these last like two seasons with like Covid. I knowit's been like crazy like what is what is like protocol and like I know evenCanada was like shut down like what was that like for you? Oh yeah like soQatar North division this past year was complete lockdown. It was they werepretty much you know we all understood it was just the way it was going to.Canada was a little bit more strict than the U. S. So pretty much asbegging us to stay in our places and work like so rink and home pretty muchit like they were very adamant about that don't no hanging out on the sideand no going to the you know the movie theatres or restaurants or anythinglike that open so just don't go anywhere. Don't do anything stupid.Don't get a shutdown please. It's pretty much what the what the messagewas all year just don't get a shutdown. So every day you go in and you haveyour covid test up the nose down the throat and go on to the rink and thenyou you don't breathe for a few hours until you get your results back andthen you're clear and then the next day...

...you do it all over again. So itdefinitely got a little tired and getting that you know that q tip shovedup your nose every day. But it is what it is. We're fortunate enough that wewere able to play so uh definitely lucky you know, to at least get theseason and at that point, yeah, definitely. Were you guys in a bubble? Um kind of yeah, so like we only playedthe North Division, so we only played encounter, we only, we played the sixother teams, I felt like 100 times each saw themevery other day, but it was technically not a bubble, but it was like youcouldn't, you know, kind of, it was just shut down so you really couldn'tgo anywhere anyway. If you wanted to like order food pretty much every nightor order your groceries and you know, to the ranking home every day, go foryour walk. I'm just trying to kill some time during the day. Yeah, yeah,definitely. Now your brother, eric is also in the NHL, what is it like to, tohave a brother? And then it's like two, you're both brothers, sibling jealousso much better now. Super super proud like hey I'm a few years older than Iwas so like our whole lives it was just like I was doing everything first, youknow, I was, you know, growing, I was big, he was little and then I wasmoving on to junior hockey and he was still playing club because just a fewyears younger so everyone wants to know what I was doing, what like what am Iup to him out to now just to see him like succeed and just blow everyexpectation out of the water. It's just it's awesome, it's a proud olderbrother moment and uh watch every game I can of his and he's just gettingbetter and better so he's uh he's gonna have a nice long career there andhopefully the people in columbus get to enjoy him for his whole career becauseI know he loves it there. Um I know the fans love him and he just just awesome.He's doing a great job and could be more proud. Would you would you everwant to play with him? Oh yeah. I mean I'd love to. Well see that's that'sabout columbus. They know they like him. I don't know, they know about me go itcould be a little awkward to be rolling in here trying to take a take a jobfrom someone. So uh we'll leave. That may be the end of the career. Maybe geta sniff somewhere with them or at least to play against some of the season.Would be pretty cool. We've missed each other twice now. So uh just to playagainst this season would be pretty cool if if we can make that happen.Yeah. you gotta do the Jersey exchange. Yeah exactly. Do they do that? They dothat? You don't do that NHL do they cost too much man? It's a Trainers willkill you come back with no jersey, they're gonna be like what the hell isgoing on? I need to check for 300 bucks, please. Thank you. Can be given those things away. Um Yeah,then just like uh what what keeps you motivated just because you've been inthe NHL I met in the NHL so long and then getting called up, sent down andcalled up. Yeah, I think like I said the lifestyle man, it's just you gettreated like gold, you know, you're in the NHL and you're you're on thatpedestal, especially the Canadian market where you know, you're you're infront of all these people or at least last year and on tv you know, they'retuning in its rivalry games all the time in Canada, like it's just anotheratmosphere up there. So you just want to be a part of that and you want to bea, a part of that. Um, the atmosphere, like I said, just playing in front ofthose electric fans and Canadian fans are crazy and it's just a fun time. Soyou know, the cities, you go to your traveling all the time, like in anormal season, you get to go to great cities and explore, you know, goodrestaurants and it's just a good lifestyle and uh, you know, it doesn'tlast forever. So you definitely want to take advantage of it what you're luckyenough to play at this level and um, just make it last as long as possiblebecause like I said, retirement is pretty early in the, in the hockeyworld compared to a real life. Yeah definitely. Um What advice would yougive to a young player Like you they're trying to get like a D. One scholarshipor trying to go pro. I just have fun especially younger kids like if youryour high school or just before like just you know played multiple sportsbeing athlete, not a hockey player, you know like learn how to do other things,play other sports just and enjoy it. You know if you're if you're goodenough like they'll find you, I play double a hockey my whole life growingup and it's nothing, you know, it's...

...nothing crazy compared to the leaves Igot going on now, kids are traveling all over the country playing hockey.You know if you're if you're good enough someone will be there, someonewill find you. Um And just trying to distress, It's funny me saying thatbecause that's all I did was stress. That's all I still do is stress, butjust trying to distress and just, you know, enjoy it, enjoy the ride. And uhif you're good enough, you'll you'll get seen and you'll be in the rightsituation. Yeah, for sure. And then just goingback to your brother, do you guys like call each other up and let's like go gothrough like any like plays and stuff like, or like just like, like foradvice for each other, stuff like that. Yeah, I'll call them every once in awhile like during the season it's hard, you know, like they slipped by,especially last year, you're playing every every other night, every everytwo nights in a row, you know, stuff like that. But like, I tried to watchmost of his games because luckily he's on the East Coast and I had Two hourtime difference. So his games are started like, you know, 5:00, which iskind of nice get to see him play or um, but yeah, I'll give him a call, not toomuch advice, but just like tell him he's doing good or maybe a thing herethere if I think, you know, I could help. Like I said, he's better than meat this point. So I'm calling my younger brother for advice at thispoint. But, But yeah, just advice you something. It's an easy game on TV,right? It's an easy game from the stands. So I'm like, yeah, just do thisnext time. Okay. Yeah, do that 100 mph. Yeah. We keep in touch a lot though. Wewatch each other's games and it's, it's, we got a good relationship. That'sawesome. Are you ready for some fun questions? Let's do it. What's yourfavorite song right now? Favorite song? Damn. Right now. Oh, got me. I think Ilike that new Bieber one. Honestly, I'm a big Bieber guy. I don't know. Notmany, not many guys will admit that. But I like the beaver song withanything country. Sorry. Yeah. With the kids. Leroi. Yeah. That guy's blown upthough. Yeah, I know. I'm not like uh you know, new music? I'm not too good.I'm not good at, I just got my old playlist. But I like that song. I likethe new, that edge hearing songs pretty good. That just came out. I can tellyou the name of it, but it comes on. I feel that's how I'm, I'm just like, Idon't know who the artist is. I don't know really the song. I don't know thename. I can I can sing the popular part. Right? That's definitely about like, uh,what's your what's your favorite food in Canada? Like maybe something newthat you discovered. Oh, something new. Nothing new. But a lot of places outand kind of like, you know, Vancouver even even Calgary's got great sushi,like Toronto, great sushi place. I was trying to find a good sushi places whenI'm on the road and expecting that. Yeah, I know. Crazy, right Calgary. Iknow. Middle, middle of the country. You wouldn't expect it, But really goodsushi places there and then you go to Vancouver and it's automatic. You'reright there on the water and I love the sushi up there. Make sure guys make ita point to get the sushi when you're in Vancouver. All right, well, if I'm inCanada, I'm going to check it out, Check it out. Or message me first andthen I'll tell you if you're in the right suit, you're not Yeah. The onlyI've only been to Montreal, I believe. Yeah. Yeah. And also they got goodsteaks up there to the Canadian on the Canadian beef. A lot of good steaks upthere to have a simple, simple answer. But you know, could have gone with likea routine, but I don't really need it too much. You know, the fries and gravyeven with the cheese kurds, but I don't need that too much. No, I mean, I likesushi and steak. So this bill. So there you go. What do you like to do in yourfree time when you're not playing hockey? And we got a lot of still a lotof buddies that play some Xbox together. We still play forward or Call of Dutyand stuff like that. Like a lot of teammates, a lot of guys in the leaguestill play video games and it's a good, good uh, time killer. Also like cookinga lot too big time in the kitchen. Yeah, I'll do anything. I always learned.What's your favorite meal to cook? Favorite meal? I like making a beefwellington. It's a grind. Yeah, it takes a little while, but I really like,you know, like the pastry wrapped filet mignon and you know, you got themushrooms and prosciutto inside. It's really, really good. Takes a littlewhile. But I like making that stuff. I like I watch a lot of Gordon RamsayYoutube videos. Yeah, we'll get to him are hilarious. Yeah, we'll get we'llsend this to him and see if he's...

...watching. All right, well, tell me sendme some tips, definitely. What about you guys playing it? Like you guys playNHL uh, here and there. I got a couple of teammates play so we'll just jump on.You know what? Like NHL FIFA, I used to play these games religiously in theamerican league and binghamton with some of my roommates. And I just got tothe point where I was losing sleep over losing to these guys and like make betson the stupidest things like running down the street. All right. You lose,go pick up dinner. And I found myself losing all the important games. So Iwas I had to quit playing the one on one games again. HL and FIFA. So Istick to the shooter games now just by myself and just if I'm playing on theirteam, fine. I can't play against people. I'm too competitive. I start throwingstuff broke a few controllers that season. So I wean myself off of the NHLFIFA. I got you. Well, I appreciate you coming on and best of luck next season.Obviously we'll definitely stay in touch and be in touch and see where yougo next. Yeah, absolutely. Thanks for having really appreciate it. Okay. Yeah.

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