Game On Magazine September 2015 - Page 28

I definitely won’t mind going back to Portage. They told me they want me back and I have no problem playing for the Terriers Hat and before the season started, was traded to Lethbridge,” Robidoux explained. “I played 19 games there and I guess I “I didn’t play a lot of games with the Terriers last season. The other guy (Justin Laforest) was our starter for most of the year, but I knew if I just kept working things would work out and so I got a couple of games at the Western Canada Cup and played pretty well and then started against Penticton at the RBC Cup and really turned it on and I got the start pretty much after that.” During the season, Robidoux played only seven games, but his numbers were terrific. He went 5-1-0 for a team that was 53-3-4 during the regular season and had a sparkling 1.77 goals against average to go with an eye-popping .927 save percentage. Knowing he had a solid backup, when Laforest started to fight the puck a bit at the Western Canada Cup, Portage head coach Blake Spiller had no problem giving Robidoux the start. And Robidoux repaid his coach and his team. The former bronze medal winner at the NAHC (2012), Robidoux was brilliant in the championship game, making 26 saves to secure the Terriers victory. He finished the tournament as the top goaltender with a 1.75 goals against average and .923 save percentage. It was a long year, but it was obviously worth it. “I can say that standing in the goal with like 10 seconds to go, it was the greatest feeling ever,” he said. “I’ve played a lot of games in my career and that was as good as it gets.” Robidoux was born 19 years ago in Winnipeg and lived in the city for the early part of his life. But when he was three, his family moved to Sperling, a small farming community near Carman. Interestingly, he grew up playing the game with his Terriers teammate, Tyler Jeanson. Robidoux learned to play the game outdoors in Sperling and then played his minor hockey in Carman. He went to Morden to play bantam (Morden Hawks) and 28 GAME ON SEPTEMBER 2015 then played Triple A midget with the Pembina Valley Hawks. He was selected in the sixth round (124th overall) of the 2011 Western Hockey League bantam draft by the Medicine Hat Tigers. Now, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound 19-year-old has a decision to make about his future. “Brandon (WHL Wheat Kings) has listed Zac so we’ll wait and see what happens,” said Spiller. “We want Zac back, but we’ll wait to see what happens in Brandon.” “I definitely won’t mind going back to Portage,” Robidoux said. “They’ve told me they want me back and I have no problem playing for the Terriers. I think we’ll still have a pretty good team.” It’s been quite a season and quite a career for young Zac Robidoux. With an RBC Cup championship on his resume, one has the sense it will only get better. n