Colby Robak posted seven goals and 17 assists in his first season as a professional with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League in the 2010-11 season. A veteran of 47 NHL games, Colby spent the first eight years of his professional career playing in North America which included games with the Anaheim Ducks and Florida Panthers.
Colby joined Sport of the Finnish Liiga for the 2018-19 season, a 29 game campaign where the Gilbert Plains native had nine assists. One season is all Colby would end up spending in Finland as he signed with the Schwenninger Wild Wings of the German-based DEL.
In 34 games during his first season in Germany, Robak scored five goals while adding five assists. After that season, it was decision time for the Robak family as that completed season was a part of his one-year contract with the Wild Wings.
Ultimately, Germany was the place to be for Colby and his family so he signed a two-year contract and he's now heading into the second year of that deal. Colby says when the opportunity arose to sign a new contract, he was all over it.
"We're really comfortable in Germany. The team takes good care of us and we really like the city, it's got a small-town feeling," said Robak. "The hockey is also great, it's very high paced and skilled."
Returning to Germany with a fresh contract and feeling good about his game, Colby certainly proved to management that he could get it done at an elite level, on a consistent basis. One year removed from a 10 point campaign, Robak exploded this past season as he scored six goals and added 27 assists.
Colby's six goals were the most he's recorded in a season since back in the 2013-14 campaign when he lit the twine eight times. Colby's 33 points were 23 more than he put up in the previous season and he says he was given a good opportunity to help the team produce.
"It was a good year, we had a good team so it's always easier to produce when the team has success," offered Robak. "Not much really changed in my game, I just simplified things and shot the puck more often. I played with confidence and I think that's something that helped me throughout the year."
Colby is now back in Canada quarantining before the family can get outside and enjoy everything that the Parkland has to offer in the summer. With one more year on his contract, the Robak's know where they're heading in the fall and that's all that Colby is thinking about at this time. He still loves playing the game and he isn't thinking about what will happen after next season.
"Of course I still love it and I enjoy waking up every morning knowing I get to play this game professionally," said Robak. "I'm just going to enjoy it as much as I can at this point, to be honest."
Colby's 33 points were tied for the 20th-most in the league with Joseph Whitney and Jason Akeson leading the way with 45. He was also tied with Zachary Redmond for the most points by a defenceman. The Wild Wings ended up missing the playoffs by just one point this season.