10 things to know about Jason Robertson, including other athletes in the Robertson family
The Stars couldn’t qualify for the first round of the playoffs, but that doesn’t mean their season was a failure. Jason Robertson, in particular, had a season for the books and should now make a lot of money if the Stars decide to extend it.
Here are 10 things to know about one of hockey’s top young talents.
1. The Basics
Last name: Jason Robertson
Lester: 200 pounds
Position: left wing
2. A record season
Jason Robertson had a stellar rookie season, scoring 17 goals and 45 points that led to him becoming a Calder Trophy finalist. It was impressive, but to say it jumped into its second season would be an understatement.
He scored 41 goals, becoming the fourth player since the Stars moved to Dallas to reach that mark, while tallying 79 points overall. Even with his success, Robertson believes he left a few goals on the ice last season.
“Obviously one thing I can work on is a one-timer. I don’t think I’ve had any punctuals this year. I was more catch and release. I’m going to work on that this summer, hopefully become a point threat next year,” Robertson said.
3. A cultural pioneer
Asian NHL players are already rare. However, Filipino players are even rarer, with Robertson only the second Filipino-American to play in the NHL.
His mother, Mercedes, was born in Manila while his father, Hugh, is of Scottish descent. Basketball and boxing are the sports of choice in the Philippines, but Jason and his brother Nick become pioneers within their family and the Filipino community as a whole.
“Now my grandma is paying attention, has an idea about it,” Jason said. “If you asked them 10 years ago what hockey is, they would think football.”
4. Wait, his brother?
Yes, his brother. Jason has three other siblings, and he’s not the only Robertson in the NHL. His younger brother Nick was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs 53rd overall in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
Nick made his 2020 Stanley Cup Playoff qualifying debut against the Columbus Blue Jackets, becoming the youngest player to do so since 1996. He scored his first NHL goal in Game 3 of the series, in a 4-3 overtime loss.
5. Another Pro Brother
The Robertson family is overflowing with talent. Jason’s sister, Bri, does not play hockey; instead, she decided to become a Jiu-Jitsu pro.
She is working towards her black belt and is currently recovering from an injury. Despite her brothers’ big advantages, Bri is totally convinced that Jason and Nick couldn’t take her into a fight for a good reason.
“Whatever my brothers say is a lie,” she said in an article by athleticism. “I can definitely kick their ass.”
6. A Californian upbringing
Robertson was born just east of Los Angeles in Arcadia, California, where he and the Robertson family owned season tickets to see the Los Angeles Kings. However, SoCal isn’t the best place to house a rising hockey family, and the Robertsons moved to Michigan when Jason was 10. The new house offered more opportunities to skate.
7. Start in Ontario
Robertson’s professional career began in junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League after being drafted in the second round (62nd overall) by the Kingston Frontenacs in 2015. Following the 2016-17 season, Robertson was selected by the Dallas Stars with the 39th overall pick. of the 2017 NHL Draft.
He remained in the OHL (with intermittent time spent with the Texas Stars, Dallas’ AHL team) until the 2019–20 season, when he joined the Texas Stars full-time. One of the last cuts to the Dallas Stars roster before this season, Robertson was called up for his NHL debut in February 2020 after an injury to Alexander Radulov. In his first game, he assisted a goal by Tyler Seguin.
8. Hat trick(s)
Last March, Robertson became the first player in Dallas Stars history to record a hat trick in consecutive games. He scored three (including the overtime winner) against Winnipeg, then followed that up with three more against Minnesota two days later.
“He knows where to put the puck,” former Stars coach Rick Bowness said. “He knows when to pull it, where to put it. It’s an instinct you can’t teach. He has it.
5. Learn from the playoffs
As previously stated, Robertson in the regular season has been amazing. Nonetheless, he struggled when the playoffs rolled around. He went the first four games of the Stars series against Calgary without scoring and his only goal came in a 3-1 loss in Game 5.
In the end, he wasn’t able to offer much as the Stars spoiled Jake Oettinger’s legendary performance in a Game 7 loss.
10. Robot on the grill
Hockey this, hockey that. Robo also has grilling chops, which in Texas is arguably just as revered.
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