Joseph Pierre Stéphane Robidas /ˈroʊbɪdɑː/ (born March 3, 1977) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played most recently for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL), though he is under contract with the club until July 1, 2017. He played for HIFK of the SM-liiga during the 2012 NHL lockout. Robidas played over 900 games in the NHL, most of which came within the Dallas Stars' organisation. He currently works as a consultant for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Robidas was selected 164th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 7th round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He played two seasons with Montreal (1999–2000 and 2000–2001). He was claimed by the Atlanta Thrashers on October 4, 2002 in the NHL Waiver Draft, and subsequently dealt to the Dallas Stars for a 6th round selection in 2002. After a brief stint with Dallas, he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in November 2003 for Jon Klemm and a fourth round selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He played for the Frankfurt Lions of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) during the entire 2004–05 lockout season. Later in the season he was joined on the team by fellow NHLer Doug Weight, and the pair became fan favorites.
In August 2004, following the lockout, the Stars signed the free agent to a two-year contract. Had the Stars not signed him, he probably would have played another season in Germany as there had been no offers from any other NHL team.
In December 2006 the Stars signed him to a three-year, USD$4.5 million contract extension. On March 17, 2007, he was punched while charging Jordin Tootoo of the Nashville Predators after Mike Modano had been checked by Tootoo. Tootoo still had his gloves on when he punched Robidas, and he hit Robidas square in the face. Robidas went down hard and was taken off the ice on a stretcher. He was taken to a hospital for examination. He later checked out of the hospital after being diagnosed with a concussion and flew back to Dallas with the team.
During the 2008 NHL playoffs against the Anaheim Ducks in game 5, Robidas took a clearing shot from Todd Marchant off the face that broke his nose. He returned to the game after receiving stitches and had a solid outing even though Dallas came up short 5–2. The next game in Dallas, Robidas scored the game tying goal shortly before he would set up Stu Barnes for the series-clinching goal, as Dallas went on to defeat the Anaheim Ducks 4–1 and take the series 4–2 on home ice.
Robidas was selected to play in the 57th NHL All-Star Game in Montreal despite having suffered a broken jaw.
Robidas won TSN's "No Guts, No Glory" contest, an unofficial award for the 2008–09 NHL season's toughest player. He was selected as the winner after a loose puck had broken his jaw in a game against the Phoenix Coyotes; Robidas missed only one shift after the incident and played more minutes than any skater in that game.
He was also placed on a stand-by list by Team Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics should an injury occur during the tournament.
During the 2013–14 season, on November 29, 2013 against the Chicago Blackhawks Robidas broke his right leg in a collision with the boards behind the net. Nearing a return to full health, Robidas was traded to the Anaheim Ducks for a 2014 fourth-round draft pick on March 4, 2014. During the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, in his first game back in Dallas as a member of the Ducks, Robidas fractured his right leg again just above the previous fracture.
On July 1, 2014, Robidas signed a three-year, $9 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
In poor health due to the two leg fractures sustained in the 13-14 season, Robidas sat out the entire 2015–16 and 2016–17 seasons, Robidas joined the Maple Leafs' front office as a consultant in January 2017, effectively signalling his retirement from the league.
Regular season and playoffs
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Awards and achievements
- Played in NHL All-Star Game (2009)