Jim Roberts (ice hockey, born 1940)

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James Wilfred Roberts (born April 9, 1940 in Toronto, Ontario) is a retired Canadian ice hockey defenceman and forward. He went by both nicknames of Jimmy and Jim.

After playing for future Montreal Canadiens coach Scotty Bowman with the OHA junior Peterborough Petes, Roberts was signed by the Canadiens and turned pro with the Montreal Royals minor league team in 1959. In the 1964 season, he saw his first NHL action with Montreal and remained the next several seasons, winning two Stanley Cups before becoming the first selection of the St. Louis Blues in 1967 NHL Expansion Draft. He played solidly for the Blues for five seasons, being named the team captain in 1971 before his trade back to Montreal, where he played for three more Cup winners. Roberts rejoined the Blues for one final season in 1978 before his retirement. He was renowned for his defensive skills and often used as a "shadow" against high scoring enemy forwards.

After his retirement as a player, Roberts was an interim coach of the Buffalo Sabres under his old mentor Bowman before coaching the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League to back-to-back Calder Cup championships in 1990 and 1991, after which he was named the head coach of the Hartford Whalers. He went on to be the coach and general manager of the Worcester IceCats of the AHL for two seasons before moving on to be an assistant coach with the St. Louis parent club between 1996–2000, including a short stint as the interim head coach in 1997.

Roberts played in 1006 NHL games, scoring 126 goals and 194 assists for 320 points, and playing in three All-Star Games in 1965, 1969 and 1970. Jimmy Roberts name was engraved on the Stanley Cup in 1965, 1966, 1973, 1976, 1977 (all with Montreal).

Coaching statistics[edit]

TeamYearRegular SeasonPost Season
GWLTPtsFinishResult
BUF1981-824521168(93)3rd in Adams(interim; returned to assistant coaching role)
HAR1991-9280264113654th in AdamsLost in First Round
STL1996-979333(83)4th in Central(interim; returned to assistant coaching role)
Total134506024

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Preceded by
Al Arbour
St. Louis Blues captain
1971–72
Succeeded by
Barclay Plager
Preceded by
Roger Neilson
Head coach of the Buffalo Sabres
1981-82
Succeeded by
Scotty Bowman
Preceded by
Mike Keenan
Head coach of the St. Louis Blues
1996
Succeeded by
Joel Quenneville
Preceded by
Rick Ley
Head coach of the Hartford Whalers
1991-92
Succeeded by
Paul Holmgren