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89 Champs: Where Are They Now: Gary Roberts

Gary Roberts has spent his retirement helping others within and outside the world of hockey.



Gary Roberts spent 22 years in the NHL, 10 of them as a member of the Calgary Flames. Roberts was a key member of the 1988-89 Stanley Cup team where he tallied 12 points in 22 games helping Calgary bring home the franchise’s first and only Stanley Cup Championship to date. Roberts will forever be remembered for suffering a severe neck injury during the 1993-94 season that required 2 surgeries in 1995. Roberts saw limited action in 1996 and at the end of the season he announced his retirement.

After seeing a specialist that off season and getting his neck corrected, the Flames traded Roberts to Carolina and his 10 year career with Calgary was over. Roberts went on to play for Toronto, Pittsburgh, Florida and Tampa Bay over the remaining 12 years of his career.

After retirement Gary Roberts founded the Gary Roberts High Performance Centre in North York, Ontario. It focuses on training players in Juniors and NHL players in the off season. Roberts, himself, is a master trainer at the centre. Roberts also plays in the Canadian Tire Corporation Golf Classic which helps raise money for Jumpstart Charities. Jumpstart helps disadvantaged children in Canada get involved in sports and other recreational activities.

by Mark Parkinson