A five-time Stanley Cup champion Jim Roberts was a player for St. Louis Blues. He was an ice hockey defenceman and forward who played over 1,000 games throughout his 14-year NHL career.
Early Life and Career
James Wilfred “Jimmy” Roberts simply known as Jimmy or Jim was born on April 9, 1940, in Toronto, Canada.
Roberts began his professional career with Montreal Royals, a minor league team in 1959. Prior to that, he played with OHA junior Peterborough Petes under coach Scotty Bowman. He played for Montreal for several seasons. His mesmerizing performance had his name engraved on the Stanley Cup five times.
In 1967’s NHL Expansion Draft Jim became the first selection of the St. Louis Blues. He then appeared in 15 regular matches with his solid performance in each registering dozen or more goals within his four complete seasons.
Jim retired after the 1977-78 campaign and started his career as an Interim coach of the Buffalo Sabres followed by Springfield Indians of the America League. He then got an opportunity to be the head coach of Hartford Whalers eventually. He joined the Worcester IceCats as a coach and general manager. He also coached the St. Louise parent club from 1996-2000.
Even though he was quite popular in his youthful days, Jim managed to keep his personal information under wraps. He might have made a few girlfriends and involved in love affairs, but news about his relationship never emerged in the media.
His relationship status had always been a big question mark and his privacy remains hidden forever after his unnatural death.
Roberts faced a painful death on October 23, 2015. He died battling cancer. The disease was diagnosed only a week prior to his death. He was in his 70’s at the time.
On October 27, 2015, in his honor, the St. Louis Blues declared they would wear helmet decals for the home stand that read “JR” in the lower left corner of the helmet.
As a skillful player, Jim drew a decent amount from his profession. He also was paid well for his coaching career. He certainly lived a lavish life when he was alive. His post salary and net worth haven't been reviewed to date.