The YKK sponsored Widnes Wild are pleased to announce the signing of forward Jay (James) Robinson for the forthcoming 2021/22 NIHL season.
Robinson was an important part of the recent NIHL Division 1 National Championship winning team and also played all in of the Wild’s 8 games in the Three Rivers Cup series.
The 32 year old played his junior hockey at Hull and then played for the Nottingham Lions in the ENL for several seasons.
After a couple of spells away from the game, Jay returned to Humberside and played 4 seasons for the Hull Jets in the Laidler Division, scoring 77 goals and 127 assist in 115 games, picking up 330 penalty minutes.
In the last full season that was played before the coronavirus lockdown, he won the Laidler Division title with Hull and Robinson scored 14+23 in 24 games.
Wild Player Coach Richard Haggar said of Robinson:
“Jay is going to bring a lot to Widnes this coming season. He has regularly put up big numbers for Hull Jets over the last 4 seasons. He’s a big personality in the changing room but will leave everything on the ice for the team at the same time. I have no doubt the fans will love him from day 1 but he has a point to prove to himself in stepping up to D1 full time where he played on a few occasions to help teams out in the league and am looking forward to seeing him do that.”
Talking about joining the Wild for the new season, Jay said:
“It has been a tough decision to leave the Hull Jets, and not one I have taken lightly. I feel like Widnes is the next step for me into a higher league in order to test myself and show what I can contribute to this team.”
“Playing in the Three Rivers Cup was enjoyable but tough after so long off the ice. However, coming out national champs, was for me personally, one of the deciding factors in making this move.”
“I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead – and it seems I’m going to have to get used to the colour yellow…!”
Jay will wear the number 90 shirt and his home, away and warm-up shirts are available to own ‘n’ loan. More information can be found by following this link.