He refuses to divulge personal information about Johnny Gaudreau (photo, left) that might red-face the Calgary Flames star, even though he’s known the National Hockey League dynamo since they were young Americans.
Yeah … that’s Buddy Robinson, (photo, right) a lifelong close friend of Gaudreau’s looking one day soon to join the fellow Jersey product on the same hockey ice …
“I was four, and I think he was three,” said Robinson, when asked how long he’s known and played puck alongside ‘Johnny Hockey’. “His dad taught me how to skate. We grew up at that rink — his dad still runs the rink in Salem (N.J.), and we skate there all summer and see a lot of each other.”
They played minor hockey together, including high-school puck under Gaudreau’s dad for two years in New Jersey before Gaudreau left home to play with the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints.
Meanwhile, Robinson, a native of Bellmawr, N.J., headed north to play with the Hamilton Red Wings in the Ontario Junior Hockey League and then with the Nepean Raiders in the Central Junior Hockey League.
But nearly a decade later, they’re still best pals, with Robinson unwilling to shell out a little dirt on his childhood friend, especially since he’s hoping to become a fellow big-league Flames forward.
CNBNews Editor's Note: Both Gaudreau and Robinson are from Bellmawr and played their high school hockey at Gloucester Catholic High School, Gloucester City NJ
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