Former 1999 Penguins draft pick Darcy Robinson, 26, collapsed on the ice during a game with the Italian Asiago team. Robinson was un-hit at the time of collapse in the first period, and was later rushed to a hospital where he passed. The cause of death has yet to be determined.
Over his short career, Robinson spent time with the Penguins' minor league affiliates. From 2001 to 2005, Robinson rotated between playing for Wilkes-Barre Scranton and the AA affiliate Wheeling Nailers, before finally heading overseas to play for the Italian hockey league for the 2005-2006 season. In his three seasons with Nailers, the blue-liner played in 16 games, scoring 2 goals, 4 assists and tallied 47 penalty minutes. In 158 games over 4 seasons with the WBS club, Robinson tallied 3 goals, 18 assists and 237 minutes in the sin bin.
It's more than apparant that Robinson struggled in the Penguins system, but it's also obvious he never faltered in his attempts. With routine trips up and down between the Nailers and the WBS Pens, Robinson continued to give his best effort to one day advance to the NHL club. Unfortunately he will never get his shot.