Flyers bring former Smoke Eater on board

The Philadelphia Flyers have named Trail native and former Smoke Eater Brady Robinson as their goaltending development coach.

The Philadelphia Flyers have named Trail native and former Smoke Eater Brady Robinson as their goaltending development coach.

Last month, newly hired Flyers goaltending coach Kim Dillabaugh brought Robinson along on an ad hoc basis to work together with the prospects attending the Flyers Development Camp in Voorhees, NJ. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall indicated at the time that the organization planned to hire a development coach and goaltending scout.

Robinson and Dillabaugh have worked together in the past, primarily in conjunction with the Goaltending Development Institute (GDI). The GDI was founded by Ian Clark (now the goaltending coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets) in 1996. Dillabaugh, who started out as a GDI student, became its British Columbia regional director.

The 32-year-old Robinson comes to the Flyers from the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League. He has spent the last nine seasons with the franchise, which relocated to Victoria from Chilliwack, in 2011.

He is also a member of Hockey Canada’s Goaltending Advisory Group.

Robinson played junior hockey with the Smoke Eaters of the British Columbia Hockey League. He is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge with a bachelors degree in Kinesiology.