Date of Birth: 1974
Place of Birth: Baie Verte, NL
Inducted: 2000 (Athlete/Builder Category)
Mark Robinson was only 16-years-old and still in high school when he enjoyed his first taste of senior hockey in Newfoundland and Labrador, with the LaScie Jets of the Central Beothuk Senior Hockey League, where teammates included future Hall of Famers Juan Strickland and Ed Kearsey.
Following high school, Robinson headed to Nova Scotia and the Windsor Royals of the Nova Scotia Junior B league. He was the 1992-93 league rookie of the year after finishing second in league scoring (29-20-49 in 26 games).
The next season, he moved west again, to St. Catharines, Ont. and the Golden Horseshoe Junior Hockey League. He led the Falcons in scoring and was third overall in the league.
He returned home the following year and won the provincial junior championship with the Deer Lake squad.
Following his junior days, Robinson joined the senior ranks with Bay Roberts of the Avalon West circuit in 1996-97, led the Tigers in scoring and was named the league’s rookie of the year.
He would enjoy a decorated senior career, winning the Herder in 2000-01 and 2004-05 with the Deer Lake Red Wings. He was the rookie of the year in provincial senior hockey in 1998, led all senior hockey players in scoring from 2003-06, and 2009 (when he had 35 goals and 65 points in only 24 games), and was the most gentlemanly and sportsmanlike player in 2007. Robinson was named senior hockey’s MVP in 2003 and 2009.
Since retiring as a player, Robinson has been busy coaching, specifically elite minor hockey teams. He’s guided Western bantam AAA and major midget teams to provincial titles, winning coach of the year awards in both leagues.