was one of the first Stars players back on the ice last month. Of course, coming back to Dallas since his kids were starting school was a big part, but he was ready to get going.
“It’s always good to get back to work,” he said. “You can use the time to break in new skates, get some conditioning work in and be ready when camp starts.”
Like most summers, the Robidas family spent a good portion of it home in Canada.
“I just went back home to Quebec,” he said. “I took the kids and we saw the family back there. We go back there every summer. We have a house on the lake there and it’s great to see the rest of the family and friends that I have known for a while.”
And this summer was a bit more difficult than others. Rehabilitation will do that – especially when it is for more than one surgery.
“I had to do a lot of rehab over the summer,” Robidas said. “I had shoulder and hip surgery. I had the shoulder surgery on April 16 and I had surgery on my hip on May 5. So it was a long summer of rehab for me but I feel good now.”
Now Robidas is focused on one thing for the upcoming season, and one thing only.
“I just want to make the playoffs this season,” he said. “Missing the playoffs the past two seasons is incredibly difficult. That is something that I have been thinking about a lot this summer. That is my main goal - getting back to the playoffs is a huge part of my motivation for this season.
“Our group is ready to get back to the playoffs. We are not all back yet on the ice but I know that is our goal as a team, we need to get back there. After last year we were very disappointed. I know that all the experts are saying it is not going to happen for us. Even though we are underdogs and I think that can be a reason that we can be identity that we can pull from and maybe surprise some people.”
Training Camp begins on Sept. 17 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.