2004 Prospects: Player journal by Matt Robinson

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A lot of things have changed since the last time I talked to you guys<br />and it all happened in the span of probably two weeks


A
lot of things have changed since the last time I talked to you guys and it all
happened in the span of probably two weeks.

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I
left on Friday morning from Vancouver to go to Minneapolis to visit St. Cloud
State University. I had a surprise when
I got on the plane because my uncle had me moved up to first class and it was
excellent. The Assistant Coach met me
and we waited for Aaron Brocklehurst to arrive from Victoria before we headed
to St. Cloud State. I really liked the
campus because you could get from one end to the other in 10-15 minutes. I loved the Olympic size ice, the dressing
rooms and workout facilities. The
coaching staff spent a lot of time with us that weekend. I had the opportunity to attend a university
baseball game on Saturday. In the
evenings we had some free time to spend with some of the players from St.
Cloud. They are a great bunch of guys
and we had lots of fun. I left Sunday
morning to return home.

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My
parents met me at the airport. They
informed me that I had been traded to The Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Vancouver
Island. I was the future consideration
player that was to be named at a later date in the trade for a 20-year-old
goalie that the Eagles felt they needed for the playoffs. I was shocked at first but then I remembered
that Rick Hillier was the Head Coach there.
I’ve known Rick for years and really admired and respected him as a
coach so I became very excited about going there and playing for him. Port Alberni has fantastic fans and should
have an outstanding team next year with the players that are returning.

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I
had the opportunity to go to Game 7 between Vancouver and Calgary a few days
later plus got to meet up with Rick at the game. The meeting went really well which made me feel even better about
the trade. Well, the next day I find
out that Rick had been released as Head Coach.
Again, I’m a little disappointed but very anxious now to find out who is
going to be the new Head Coach and have an opportunity to talk to him. The Port Alberni organization has been
communicating with me on a regular basis and has told me they are very excited
to have me there next year.

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After
all this, I would like to take the opportunity to thank Bruce and Randa Rielly,
Ryan Thorpe and Tim Kehler for giving me a chance to play in my hometown. I’m a little sad that I will be leaving
Surrey because that is where I started my junior career and I will miss the
guys and the loyal fans.

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I
have now played two games of roller hockey.
Our team is playing in a men’s league in the gold division. I have had seven goals in two games.

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Next
week I will be attending Global Sports Scouting Hockey Showcase in
Langley. What is a bonus is that I have
a friend coming up from California to stay with us who I played Junior B hockey
with who will also be attending the Showcase.
I will have the opportunity to play with Kyle and my younger brother,
Garrett on the same team. I have also
been informed that I have been selected to play in the two prospect games being
held in the Surrey Eagles home arena. I
will have another opportunity to display my hockey skills for the attending
university scouts.

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In
my next journal I will let you know how Global went, who the new Head Coach is
and how my training is going.

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In
reply to Harry from St. Cloud, Minneapolis, how did your visit go to St. Cloud and when will you make your decision
on a college?

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As
I stated in my journal above, I really enjoyed the campus, players and coaching
staff.

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As
to when I will make my decision on which University I will be attending, I
still have four more fly-downs to take before I make my final decision.

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In
reply to Danielle from B.C. on what was
the best thing about playing for the Eagles?

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Probably
the best thing about playing for the Eagles was my teammates. They were a great bunch of guys who will be
friends for life. I also loved playing in my own hometown in front of friends
and family.

Be sure to keep sending in
your questions to
me
and I’ll answer them in my next journal. Thanks for all the support I
got in some of your e-mails and if I didn’t get to your question this time,
send it in again and I’ll try and get to it next time.