Gordon "Gordie" Douglas Roberts
(Born October 2
) is a retired professional ice hockey
defenseman who played 1,097 NHL
regular season games from 1979 to 1994. He is a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame
. His brother Doug Roberts
is also a former NHL player.
Roberts was named after legendary Detroit Red Wings
star Gordie Howe
and grew up playing junior hockey hockey in the Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League
for the Detroit Jr. Red Wings.
Roberts was drafted in the third round, 54th overall by the Montreal Canadiens
in the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft
. His professional career started in 1975 when he was signed as a 17-year old underage junior by the WHA New England Whalers
. He represented the Whalers in the 1977 and 1978 WHA All-Star Game and was still with New England when the NHL and WHA merged in 1979.
In 1980, the Whalers traded Roberts to the Minnesota North Stars for Mike Fidler. He remained a North Star for eight seasons before moving to the Philadelphia Flyers in 1988, who promptly traded him to the St.Louis Blues after only 11 games. During this time, Roberts also played for Team USA in the 1984 Canada Cup as well as the 1982 and 1987 Ice Hockey World Championship tournaments.
Roberts won 2 Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and 1992 and became the first American player to appear in 1000 NHL games in 1992. He played for the Boston Bruins during his final two years in the NHL.
Post Playing Career
Roberts served as the player/coach of the 1994–95 International Hockey League Chicago Wolves
as well as the assistant coach of the Phoenix Coyotes
for the 1998 and 1999 seasons. In recent years, he has worked as a pro scout for the Montreal Canadiens
, specializing in Western Canada and the Western U.S..
Awards and Achievements