Hockey’s Future caught up with the Columbia Inferno’s Robin Carruthers following the team’s weekend shootout loss to the Columbus Cottonmouths.
Robin Carruthers is an example of the type of player the ECHL is looking for, a young eager player looking for a break. The second year pro out of Virden, Manitoba is hoping to make his mark on the hockey world.
He talked about the change in the ECHL from last year, with the addition of more young players, saying the league was “maybe a little bit feistier. That’s a good thing.”
Recruited by Columbia Inferno coach Scott White out of St. Lawrence University of the ECAC last year, Carruthers is a team guy, a gritty forward who can score as well. The 26-year-old winger is an alternate captain for the Inferno this year.
He finished his senior year at St. Lawrence with 10 goals and 10 assists in 33 games. Last season the 6’1″ 190-pound Carruthers scored an impressive 23 goals and 18 assists in 62 games, and stepped it up in the playoffs, scoring 14 points in 17 games. So far on the 2003-04 season he has two goals in five games.
The Inferno went all the way to the Kelly Cup Finals last season, but have brought in a number of young players this season.
“We’re a young a team and we’re still learning what it takes to win hockey games. We’ve played quite a bit with the lead but we can’t seem to hold onto it, so we have to work on protecting the lead and trying to pick up the win.”
As far as his personal game goes, Carruthers was upbeat.
“I feel good on the ice, we’re all learning new roles and being put in new situations, and I’m trying to take on more of a leadership role this year and at the same time still trying to put the puck in the net. It’s coming, but it’s early.”
Carruthers kills penalties and sees some time on the power play as well. He was one of four shooters selected for the shootout in the game against Columbus. On his attempt, he deked goaltender Olivier Michaud, but was bested by him. Michaud did not allow any goals in the shootout.
Carruthers’ personal goals for the year are straightforward.
“I’d like to put the puck in the net a few more times than I did last year and just go from there. I want to win hockey games and help the team every night. I’m still young, I want to move up to the next level, so I’m still trying to work hard to get there.”