James Wilfred Roberts (born
April 9, 1940 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a
retired Canadian ice hockey defenceman and forward.
went by both nick names of Jimmy and Jim.
After playing for future Montreal
coach Scotty Bowman
the OHA junior Peterborough
, Roberts was signed by the Canadiens and turned pro with
the Montreal Royals
team in 1959. In the 1964
, 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
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
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
back-to-back Calder Cup
1990 and 1991, after which he was named the head coach of the
. 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).