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Stephane Robidas  #19

Toronto Maple Leafs  Defenseman
NUMBER: 19 BIRTHDATE: March 3, 1977  (AGE 37)
HEIGHT: 5' 11" BIRTHPLACE: Sherbrooke, QC, Canada
WEIGHT: 190 DRAFTED: MTL / 1995 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 7th   (164th overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">All-Star Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> Last season, Robidas ranked first on the team in blocked shots (109) and second in hits (220). He also set a career-high for goals (9) as well as points (26). He was a major part of the Stars' run to the Western Conference Finals in 2008, scoring 11 points (3-8-11) while logging an average of 25:31 of ice-time. <br /> <br /> A native of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Robidas was drafted by the Canadiens in the seventh round, 164th overall, of the 1995 Entry Draft. He often works out with fellow All-Star J.S. Giguere during the summer in Quebec as well as a few other players who spend time near Sherbrooke in the off-season: Andre Roy, Pascal Dupuis, J.P. Dumont, Joel Bouchard and Ian Laperriere. <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On being told he was too small: &quot;I don't know how many times my dad sat me down and told me not to listen to the people who said I was too small to play competitively on defense. My dad said never give in if you want something bad enough.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Dallas Stars teammate Steve Ott: &quot;He takes hits, he makes hits, he blocks shots, he gets his nose in there. I'll tell you what, you don't get a (broken) nose like that from having a long stick.&quot; <br /> <br /> Dallas Head Coach Dave Tippett: &quot;He epitomizes our game. He's one of the best teammates you're ever going to find, he will go right through a wall to help the team win, he'll take pucks in the face to help the team win, he'll stuff cotton up his nose to make sure he's back to help on the power play five minutes after that. He's the epitome of what's great about our game.&quot; <br /> <br /> Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco: &quot;There's not too many players on teams that do as much as he does and he probably gets taken for granted. It's not amazing to us how hard he's worked, how dedicated he is, and he means the world to this team. He's just one of those heart-and-soul players that doesn't come around too often.&quot; <br /> <br />
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It's a little different but it feels amazing. A new chapter in my life and I'm excited. It's been amazing. Better than I expected. The weather is great, the place is just amazing. I can't say enough good things about it. I'm glad to get the season going.

— Ryan Kesler on his transition to the Anaheim Ducks