Former Great Britain forward Iain Robertson enjoyed a productive career with various teams across Scotland, but he’s now a proud parent watching his sons try to follow in his footsteps.
Robertson’s CV includes spells with the likes of Fife Flyers, Paisley Pirates and Edinburgh Capitals, and it’s with the latter where Aaron and Caly are hoping to make a name for themselves.
Aaron is currently studying at Edinburgh University, while Caly attends Edinburgh College, so an offer from Capitals’ co-owner Scott Neil for the pair to join the club’s academy this summer fitted in nicely with their education.
“Getting offered full-time training with the Elite Caps was certainly a large part of the decision to join the club,” said Robertson. “Plus they get the chance to play SNL under Martin Cingel, who I respect as a great coach, ex-teammate and friend. It all helps towards their development.
“They have really good skills and are similar to me when I played. Aaron is a very heads-up player always looking to pass, but is sometimes not selfish enough instead of shooting. Caly has really good skating and speed when carrying the puck, and is more direct when using his speed.
“Both will hopefully up their intensity by training with the pros. The speed of the game is the big difference between the SNL and Elite, so just being skilful isn’t enough to make the jump. They don’t have size on their side either, so they have to be the full package to make an impression.”
The duo have already featured regularly for the Capitals’ SNL side, helping the team win three out of four league games this season. Robertson believes Caps’ boss Cingel has built a side capable of challenging for honours.
“Martin has a few new players in his squad with experienced, ex-Elite League players and youth gelling well so far,” he added. “It’s a learning curve for the young ones, stepping up from the U20 league.
“Being able to compete with top teams like the (Kirkcaldy) Kestrels, (Dundee) Comets, (Paisley) Pirates and (Aberdeen) Lynx is the next phase of developing as a team able to compete this year. Hopefully they will be in contention at the end of the season for silverware.
“The long term vision for the boys is to play at Elite level. Hopefully they can make an impact if they get there – time is on their side at least. It’s massively difficult to break through into Elite with the current import levels, which I personally think are a detriment to the future of the Great Britain national team.
“That’s their hockey vision, but it can’t be at the expense of their education and future careers. Hockey might give them a wage of sorts if they make it, but they have to look at the bigger picture beyond the game.”
The SIHA would like to thank Mark Easton for providing some background to Iain’s career. To read Mark’s interview with Iain from 2015, please click here.