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Doug Roberts
Doug Roberts
Right Wing
Number: 27
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 212
Shoots: Right
Born: Oct 28, 1942
Birthplace: Detroit, MI, United States
Acquired: 1. Signed as a free agent by Detroit on June 12, 1965; 2. Traded to Detroit by Boston for cash on November 23, 1973.
Doug Roberts was a brilliant all-around athlete while growing up in Detroit. He was an excellent baseball prospect and played football in the Big 10 Conference at the University of Michigan. He might have taken a harder look at football as a career but was slowed with too many injuries.

He also had a background in hockey, spending plenty of time at the Olympia, home to the Detroit Red Wings. As a youngster, Roberts, like his older brother, worked as a stick boy for the Wings, earning $3 or $4 a game. He also played hockey in the exceptional development programs around the city.

As a winger, Roberts played for three seasons with the Michigan State Spartans. During that time, he was voted a WCHA Second-Team All-Star and a member of the NCAA West First All-American Team in 1965. The following year, he joined the Red Wings' organization. He spent the majority of his year with the Memphis Wings of the CHL. While there, he won the Ken McKenzie Trophy as the league's top rookie.

In 1967, Roberts split his year evenly between the Red Wings and the Fort Worth Wings of the CHL. But in a surprise move, he was traded to the Oakland Seals at the end of the season. Shaken up by his departure from his beloved hometown, Roberts brought an open mind to his new experience on the West Coast. Upon his arrival, however, he was further shaken up to discover that he had to convert to playing as a defenseman. He did his best to reduce the learning curve as quickly as possible, but it wasn't easy. He put in three seasons of full-time labor on behalf of a struggling team. By the end of his final year with the club, he finished with a -56 rating.

In 1971, he was traded to the Boston Bruins who kept him as insurance against injuries. He was bounced regularly between the parent club and the Boston Braves of the AHL. Then, two years later, Roberts landed back with his hometown Wings again. Inspired by his return, he put in his best-ever NHL campaign, scoring 37 points in 57 games.

The following year, however, his performance fell into decline. He was dropped back to the AHL with the Virginia Wings to close out the 1974-75 campaign. He then furthered his pro aspirations by joining the New England Whalers of the WHA for two seasons, before completing his hockey career after a season Jokerit Helsinki in 1978.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
5 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
6 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 53 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 54 10 27 4 37
T. Tatar 53 16 17 0 33
G. Nyquist 54 14 16 0 30
P. Datsyuk 39 8 21 13 29
J. Abdelkader 54 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 40 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 50 7 8 13 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 4 .934 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89