Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It's Now or Never for Knights and Robins

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It's Now or Never for Knights and Robins

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Byline: PAUL FIELDER

LONDON KNIGHTS netminder Trevor Robins is hoping his recent outstanding form will continue this weekend and lead to a dream summer move to North America's National Hockey League - the world's best league.

Robins has been almost unbeatable between the pipes this season and his form has played a major part in helping the Evening Standard-sponsored Knights, the defending champions, reach this weekend's Sekonda Superleague playoff finals in Nottingham.

The 29-year-old Canadian, who has won four man-of-the-match awards in the Knights' six playoff group games, feels that it's now or never if he is to play in the NHL. "If I'm going to get any kind of opportunity then it'll be this year. I'm hoping for something to come along outside of Europe. I've had a few offers and I'm pretty positive something will come up," he said.

It is no surprise that Robins has proved to be the top netminder in Superleague.

Anyone who has seen him psyching himself up before a game will know of his dedication to his profession.

He starts by throwing an out-of-shape rubber ball against a wall, testing his reflexes with the unpredictable bounce.

He then cuts himself off from his teammates by going into a trance-like state in the build-up to the game.

"I try and get as mentally focused as I possibly can. If I can get in a state of mind where I'm totally focused, the game then seems to flow a lot more smoothly and you are ready for the task in hand," Robins said.

"I'm pretty passionate about my sport and I take a lot of pride in the way that I play. I like to win as much as anybody and take defeat pretty hard because I am so hard on myself.

"I'm the first guy to look at myself in the mirror when there's a defeat and look at what more I could have done or what I did wrong."

Robins has totalled seven shutouts this season - setting a Superleague record along the way. He also topped the goaltending averages in the playoffs and is one of six players nominated for the Sekonda Player of the Year award. …

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