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Phil Roberto
Phil Roberto
Right Wing
Number: 27
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 190
Shoots: Right
Born: Jan 1, 1949
Birthplace: Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by St. Louis with the Blues' third-round choice (Blair Davidson) in 1975 draft for Red Berenson on December 30, 1974.
Phil Roberto played four years of junior hockey with the hometown Niagara Falls Flyers of the OHA. In his final season with the team, he demonstrated an ability to play tough and to be offensively prolific.

He hooked up with the Montreal Canadiens' organization in1969 where he spent most of the year playing for the Voyageurs of the AHL. Cracking a Habs' lineup replete with star forwards would prove to be very difficult.

In his second year with the organization, however, he did manage to dress for 39 games in which he showed some promise, netting 21 points. He then stayed on for a playoff run, culminating in a Stanley Cup victory against the Blackhawks in 1971.

Roberto returned the following season but was dealt to the St. Louis Blues for Jimmy Roberts. The Blues figured Roberto would be the offensive catalyst that could take some pressure off of their top gun, Garry Unger. But after a season and a half of moderate play, he suffered a severe cut to his arm while attempting to stop a glass door from hitting him in the face. His arm went through the window, cutting a nerve that debilitated his hand. Most hockey experts assumed that the accident had nixed Roberto's career. But extensive therapy in Toronto brought about a gradual recovery. As a gesture of support, the Leafs allowed him to use the Gardens' ice for one hour a day to stay in shape.

Once his healing was complete, Roberto showed his appreciation to the Leafs in his first game back, which happened to be in the Gardens. He scored an important goal against the Blue and White and then joined the Plager brothers in ganging up on Eddie Shack.

But in spite of his exceptional recovery, Roberto never regained his form with the Blues. He was traded to the Red Wings in 1974. There he scored 40 points in 46 games and appeared to be back on top. The next season, however, marked the beginning of a gradual decline in his NHL aspirations. Between 1976 and 1977, he made the rounds with three of the worst clubs in the league, moving with the Kansas City Scouts to Colorado and then on to the Cleveland Barons where he finished his big-league days.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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