KNIGHTHAWKS ACQUIRE ROBINSON AND PICK FROM NEW ENGLANDAug 10, 2017
(August 10, 2017)… The Rochester Knighthawks announced that they have traded Adam Bomberry to the New England Black Wolves in exchange for Brandon Robinson and the 14th overall selection in the 2017 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft.
“Brandon Robinson is a big, strong player who can play both ends of the floor and who has tremendous upside,” said Knighthawks scout Stuart Brown. “At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, he moves well for a big man, and we think he can develop into a good player for us.”
Following the deal, the Knighthawks now own four of the first 14 picks in the 2017 NLL Entry Draft. Rochester also has the second, fifth and sixth overall picks in the first round.
“With the No. 14 pick in this year’s draft we will have an opportunity to add some depth to our team,” said Brown. (Photo by George Beshiri)
Robinson comes to Rochester after being selected in the fourth round (33rd overall) by the Black Wolves in the 2016 NLL Entry Draft. This summer, the 21-year-old posted seven goals and 13 assists in 12 games for the Brampton Excelsiors in his inaugural season in Major Series Lacrosse. In five seasons of Junior “A” lacrosse, the transition player registered 47 goals and 60 assists for 107 points with Brampton.
Robinson is a two-sport star who has yet to play in the NLL. This year, the Pickering, Ontario native will return to the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks hockey team. Last season, the left wing recorded nine goals and five assists in 22 games en route to team Rookie of the Year honors. Prior to playing with the Golden Hawks, Robinson spent five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League. He made stops in Brampton, North Bay and Kitchener from 2011-16. In 2011, he also played for Team Ontario at the U17 World Hockey Challenge.
Throughout his life, Brandon and his brothers, Justin and Dylan, have always transitioned from hockey to lacrosse. The Robinson boys have been doing so since peanut lacrosse. Brandon admitted that he is in select company having been able to play in the OHL and Junior “A” lacrosse.
“I have loved both my whole life; I have played both my whole life,” he said. “I feel lucky and fortunate that I can still play both at a high level. I know I am not going to be able to do that forever, but for right now, if I can keep doing it I would love to. I am just enjoying being able to play lacrosse in the summer and go back and play hockey in the winter.”
Although currently focusing on hockey, Robinson was excited to learn Wednesday that he was traded to the Knighthawks. “It feels good,” he said. “They have had a lot of success over the past five or six years, winning the back-to-back-to-back Champion’s Cups. It’s exciting and I am hoping to bring whatever I can to the team.”
In the deal with the Black Wolves, New England received former second-round pick Adam Bomberry. With the Knighthawks, the defenseman appeared in 14 games over two seasons and notched six points and 55 loose balls.
“We wish Adam all best in New England,” said Brown. “We think it is a good opportunity for him.”