Former Vipers' assistant coach Dave Robinson will play for the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.

Former Vipers' assistant coach Dave Robinson will play for the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.

T-Birds ink Robinson

David Robinson returns to the ice after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach with his hometown Vipers of the BCHL.

David Robinson wanted to play hockey again.

When UBC Thunderbirds’ rookie head coach Tyler Kuntz got wind of that, he contacted the Vernon native and former Vernon Vipers’ captainand coach immediately.

Robinson is one of three players announced by Kuntz as new T-Bird recruits.

“When I learned of David’s decision to play hockey again, I didn’t think twice about pursuing him,” said Kuntz. “I think very highly of David as a person and a player and feel once he makes the transition to the level and speed of play, he will be a solid contributor on the ice.

“David has won a national championship and that experience will be a great addition to the group. He is a very hard-working and versatile player that can play up and down our line-up. We are happy to add him to the Thunderbirds family.”

Robinson returns to the ice after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach with his hometown Vipers of the BCHL.

Before becoming a coach, Robinson played for the Vipers as well as the Calgary Dinos (CIS) and the Western Hockey League’s Chilliwack Bruins.

“I am very excited to be joining such a great program at UBC,” said Robinson, a forward. “I have known Tyler for a few years now and I believe the program will continue to grow under him. Although it could take some time for me to get back to the speed of things on the ice, I am ready to contribute in any way possible for this team to have success.”

Between 2007 and 2010, Robinson recorded 43 points – 23 goals and 20 assists – for Chilliwack in 169 games at the major junior level. He went scoreless in four postseason outings.

He played four games with Vernon during the 2006-07 season and then returned to the Vipers during the latter half of the 2009-10 campaign, helping to team to a Royal Bank Cup national championship victory. Robinson captained Vernon to a second-place finish at the Royal Bank Cup the next year.

He tallied 47 goals and 28 assists for 75 points in 80 regular season appearances for Vernon. He added another 21 points (eight goals and 13 assists) in 35 Vipers playoff games.

After junior hockey, Robinson suited up for the Calgary Dinos, recording six assists in 28 league games. He also played in six playoff games.

Joining Robinson in Vancouver are forwards Justin Georgeson and Adam Rossignol.

Georgeson, a native of Maple Ridge, played three years with the Coquitlam Express and one with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, both of the BCHL.

Rossignol, from Surrey, will bring the experience of winning two WHL championships to the UBC program.

He was part of  the Kootenay Ice’s run to the 2011 league title, and helped the Portland Winter Hawks to the 2014 banner this past spring.

In between the WHL titles, Rossignol also played in the Dub for Regina and Swift Current as well as Coquitlam of the BCHL.

The UBC hockey season gets underway on Tuesday, with a non-conference game against the Simon Fraser club team at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre at 7:15 p.m.

After a tournament Sept. 12-14 in Regina, the Thunderbirds will open Canada West regular season play with a home series Sept. 26-27 against the Alberta Golden Bears at Father David Bauer Arena.

 

Georgeson, a native of Maple Ridge, played three years with the Coquitlam Express and one with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, both of the BCHL.

Rossignol, from Surrey, will bring the experience of winning two WHL championships to the UBC program.

He was part of  the Kootenay Ice’s run to the 2011 league title, and helped the Portland Winter Hawks to the 2014 banner this past spring.

In between the WHL titles, Rossignol also played in the Dub for Regina and Swift Current as well as Coquitlam Express of the BCHL.

The UBC hockey season gets underway on Tuesday, with a non-conference game against the Simon Fraser club team at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre at 7:15 p.m.

After a tournament Sept. 12-14 in Regina, the Thunderbirds will open Canada West regular season play with a home series Sept. 26-27 against the Alberta Golden Bears at Father David Bauer Arena.