Jim Roberts was accomplished coach, player
Tue, Sep 9th 2008, 00:00
Jim Roberts, a defenseman/right wing, started playing the NHL in 1963 with the Montreal Canadiens. The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder stayed with the Canadiens until he switched teams to the St. Louis Blues.
Roberts' first stint with the Blues lasted from 1967-72. He left St.Louis and returned to the Canadiens in the 1971-72 season. Roberts remained with Montreal before coming back to St. Louis for the 1977-78 season and he subsequently retired.
During Roberts' playing career, he competed in 1006 NHL regular-season games and scored 126 goals and dished out 194 assists.
Roberts played 395 regular-season games with the Blues and scored 157 points and had 322 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 52 playoff games with the Blues and scored 18 points.
When Roberts' playing days ended, his involvement in the NHL didn't.
Roberts joined the Buffalo Sabres coaching staff for the 1979-80 season as an assistant coach. He remained in that capacity with the Sabres through the 1983-84 campaign.
Roberts' next stop, as an assistant coach, was with the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1984-87.
In 1989-91, Roberts was a head coach for the Springfield Indians in the AHL and he had immense success, leading the Indians to consecutive championships.
After spending a season as an assistant with the Hartford Whalers in 1991-92, Roberts came back to St. Louis and served as an assistant coach with the Blues from 1996-2002. Roberts actually was the interim head coach for the Blues for nine games during the 1996-97 season, and he posted a 3-3-3 record.
"I have a mixture of a lot of great memories," Roberts. "I got to live a life long dream by getting to play hockey and then it became a job for me."