|Position: Right Wing
Born: September 3, 1968
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Height: 6'2" Weight: 200 lbs.
Season with Buffalo: 1995-96
Uniform Number: 25
|After playing Midget hockey in Calgary, Alberta, Rob Conn moved on to an American college to pursue his hockey career. Conn spent three years playing for the University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves. Conn was a member of the Seawolves from 1988 to 1991. In the 1990-91 season, Conn led the team with 28 goals and 32 assists. When Conn left Anchorage in 1991, he was tied for the all-time lead in career goals scored and in the top ten in all-time career points by a Seawolves player.
Undrafted by the NHL, Conn signed as a free agent with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1991, and was assigned to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Indianapolis Ice for the 1991-92 season. Conn played in 72 games for the Ice during the 1991-92 season, scoring 19 goals and 16 assists. His efforts in Indianapolis earned Conn a two game call up to the Blackhawks during the season.
Conn would play two more full seasons in Indianapolis, never earning
|Did You Know...|
|Rob Conn has a cousin that also played in the NHL? Conn's cousin Dave Barr played over 600 NHL games with the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, New Jersey Devils and Dallas Stars between 1981 and 1994.|
|another shot with the Blackhawks. In 1994, Conn was traded to the New Jersey Devils, and assigned to their AHL club, the Albany River Rats. Conn finished the 1994-95 season with the River Rats. In Indianapolis, Conn had been used primarily as a defensive forward, often assigned to check the opposition's top line. In Albany, he was allowed to open up a bit offensively. As a result, Conn scored a career-high 35 goals and 32 assists in 62 games. He added 4 goals in 14 Playoff appearances as the River Rats won the 1995 Calder Cup Championship.
Left exposed by the Devils in the Waiver Draft, Conn's rights were claimed on October 2, 1995 by the Buffalo Sabres. Conn made his debut as a Sabre on October 7, 1995 in Ottawa. On October 15, in Buffalo, Conn scored his first NHL goal in the Sabres' 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils. Conn's playing time steadily dropped as the season progressed.
A healthy scratch for several games, Conn was finally sent down to the Sabres' AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans in early December to get steady playing time. Conn would remain in Rochester until late February. During that time, Conn was one of the Amerks' leading scorers and biggest agitators. Though Conn wasn't a fighter, he was an expert trash-talker, often drawing opponents into penalties, and shaking the concentration of opposing goaltenders.
Conn was recalled to the Sabres at the end of February, and spent another month in Buffalo. Near the end of March, Conn was returned to Rochester, where he finished the season. In 36 games for the Amerks during the course of the regular season, Conn scored 22 goals and 15 assists. With Buffalo, Conn had 2 goals and 5 assists in 28 games played.
In the Playoffs, Conn scored 7 goals for Rochester as the Amerks went on to win thw 1996 Calder Cup. Conn became one of only 9 players to win the Calder Cup in two consecutive years with two different teams.
At the end of the 1995-96 season, Conn was a free agent. Unsigned by the Sabres, Conn signed a one year deal with the Indianapolis Ice, where he had played in the early 1990's. Conn played 72 games for the Ice during the 1996-97 season, scoring 25 goals and 32 assists. At the end of the season, Conn retired from professional hockey. Rob Conn holds 3rd place all-time for both games played and goals scored, and 4th in total points in Indianapolis Ice franchise history.