“Big Bird” Robinson is currently an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils, and is still under contract with them through this season. Though it’s obviously just speculation at this point, many Habs fans seem to be interested in the prospect of his return to their team. The interest should certainly be heightened by the Devils’ outstanding defensive play, which is chief among the reasons why they recently knocked out the Philadelphia Flyers to advance to the conference finals.
In his illustrious 20-year career, Robinson won six Stanley Cups with the Habs and holds the NHL record for playing 20 consecutive seasons in the playoffs, 17 of them with the Habs.
Following his retirement after the 1992-93 season, Robinson was named assistant coach of the Devils. He has since won three Stanley Cups coaching for them. After his second cup win in 2000, and first as a head coach, he had this to say about the experience:
“Considering how long I played hockey and how many Cups I got to win as a defenseman with Montreal, it was my first Stanley Cup win as a head coach,” he said. “that is actually my greatest day in hockey.”
One thing is clear: the man loves to coach.
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