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Robert Bortuzzo
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Born March 18, 1989 (1989-03-18) (age 30)
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft 78th overall, 2007
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2009–present

Robert Bortuzzo (born on March 18, 1989) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing CareerEdit

Robert was picked up by the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League in 2006 after leading the Fort William North Stars of the Superior International Junior Hockey League to a league championship, a Dudley Hewitt Cup and an overtime away from playing in the 2006 Royal Bank Cup final.

Robert was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 3rd Round (78th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He played junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League for the Kitchener Rangers.

In his three years with the Rangers, Robert recorded 49 points and 152 penalty minutes in 138 games.

Robert won the Hamilton Spectator Trophy in his second year as a member of the 2007–08 Kitchener Rangers.

On November 5, 2011, Robert made his NHL debut. Called up from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, He was inserted into the Pittsburgh line-up to fill-in for Ben Lovejoy who had broken his wrist the previous game.

On December 8, 2011, Robert was injured during a game against the Philadelphia Flyers due to a hit from Zac Rinaldo. He was out for several weeks with a concussion, but he has since returned to action in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

On February 2, 2013, Robert scored his first NHL goal against goaltender Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils. The Penguins went on to defeat the Devils 5-1.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Kitchener Rangers OHL 63 2 12 14 67 9 1 2 3 8
2007–08 Kitchener Rangers OHL 52 3 15 18 61 18 0 8 8 14
2008–09 Kitchener Rangers OHL 23 1 16 17 24
2009–10 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 75 2 10 12 109 4 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 79 4 22 26 111 12 0 1 1 6
2011–12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 6 0 0 0 2
2011–12 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 51 3 9 12 61 12 0 1 1 13
2012–13 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 31 1 3 4 34
2012–13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 15 2 2 4 27
NHL totals 21 2 2 4 29