Former Golden Knight Inducted into Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame
Clarkson’s 8th all-time leader in career points, Patrice Robitaille, was inducted into the Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame last week. His actual induction was set to be in 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID pandemic, so Robitaille, who skated for the B.C. Icemen from 1998 – 2002, was inducted along with 2 others into the Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame last Friday, April 7th during a pregame ceremony before the Binghamton Black Bears and Delaware Thunder game.
Robitaille played three seasons with the B.C. (Broome County) Icemen in the United Hockey League. Robitaille finished second on the team with 75 points and led the team with 57 assists during the 1998-99 campaign. The following season, Robitaille finished second on the team with 30 goals, led the team in assists with 59, and in points with 89. Robitaille ranked 12th in the entire league in points that season. Overall, Robitaille had 32 goals and 39 assists in 111 International Hockey League games with Peoria, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Cincinnati. In 151 UHL games, the forward had 48 goals and 120 assists in 151 games with the Icemen. After his professional career, Robitaille has since settled in the Binghamton area and has stayed involved in coaching youth and high school hockey in the region.
Patrice was a dynamic forward at a time when Clarkson Hockey was known for its high octane offense. He was part of a string of highly skilled forwards out of Quebec to wear the green and gold and put up career numbers that still stand up. Hugo Belanger, Claude Morin, Steve Dubinsky, Jean Francois Houle, and Robitaille were all part of a string of gifted forwards to coming from the province of Quebec. Read more here.