CALGARY, ALBERTA – University of Alaska Anchorage alum Mat Robinson has been named to the Canadian ice hockey team for the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Robinson, a native of Calgary, Alberta, appeared in 143 career games from 2005-09. The defenseman tallied nine goals and 35 assists for 44 points in a Green and Gold jersey.
Following his collegiate career, Robinson has played professionally in the ECHL, AHL, SEL and KHL leagues. He has appeared in 268 career games in the KHL playing for the Riga Dynamo (2013-14), Moscow Dynamo (2014-17) and CSKA Moscow (2017-18). Robinson has tallied 48 goals, 90 assists and 138 points during his time in the Russian-based league.
Team Canada will open play in the 2018 games against Switzerland on Feb. 15. Team Canada’s other opening round games will be against the Czech Republic on Feb. 16 and host country South Korea on Feb. 18.
The 2018 Olympics mark the third time that Robinson will represent Team Canada. He competed for Team Canada at the 2016 Deutschland Cup, 2017 Tournament of Nikolai Puchkov and the 2017 Channel One Cup.
Robinson was named the Mcenaney/Kraft Most Inspirational Player twice (2008 & 2009), the WCHA Player of the Week, team captain and a three-time WCHA All-Academic selection (2007, 2008 & 2009). He graduated in 2009 with a degree in biology.
Robinson joins a long-list of Seawolves to compete at the Olympic Games. Hansi Gnad was the captain of the German men’s basketball team (1992), Anna Berecz competed in Alpine skiing for Hungary (2010 & 2014), Daniela Anguita competed in Alpine skiing and was the flag bearers for Chile (2006), Dave Duncan competed in skiercross for Canada (2010), Tom Besh was an assistant coach for the US Nordic Ski team (1980) and Bill Spencer competed in Nordic skiing for the US (1988).