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Earl Robertson
Earl Robertson
Goaltender
Number: 1
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165
Catches: Left
Born: Nov 24, 1910
Birthplace: Bengough, SK, Canada
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by Windsor (IAHL) for $1,500 on October 21, 1936.
Earl Robertson traveled a long and winding path to the NHL that took him to a variety of cities and through a handful of leagues. He started out as a junior backstopper for the Regina Falcons in 1925-26. A couple of seasons later, he went to the West Coast to tend goal for the Vancouver Monarchs junior club and then turned pro with the Victoria Cubs of the PCHL in 1928-29.

The big leagues were still a long way off as he switched to the Tacoma Tigers of the PCHL in 1930-31. His stay with the club was short, however, as he headed south to play for the Oakland Sheiks and then the Hollywood Stars of the Cal-Pro League.

In 1932-33, Robertson returned to Canada to play goal for the Edmonton Eskimos of the WCHL. There, he performed consistently with a respectable goals-against average during his two campaigns with the club.

From 1934 to 1936, he played for the Windsor Bulldogs of the IAHL and seemed to only get better with experience. The Detroit Red Wings took notice of the goaltender's skills and purchased his rights from the Bulldogs. The Wings' brass tucked Robertson away with their minor-league affiliate in Pittsburgh for the start of the 1936-37 campaign. He put in a solid season and was rewarded with a shot in Detroit at the start of the playoffs. It must have been quite breathtaking for the netminder to progress from the Hollywood Stars to the Wings, play only six games with a stingy 1.41 goals-against average, and claim a Stanley Cup victory. It would never be any better for the aged rookie goalie.

But in spite of his success, Roberston was traded to the New York Americans shortly after the confetti from the victory parade had been swept up. The Amerks were a club that had their bright moments, but couldn't seem to get on track to win a championship. During his four seasons with the club, the Americans' fortunes only seemed to sag with time. By 1940-41, Robertson finished the season with a 6-22-8 record.

In 1941-42, his club became known as the Brooklyn Americans, but a change in name could do little to revive Robertson's fading career. He appeared in only 12 games before heading to the minors with the Springfield Indians where he retired at the close of the campaign.

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 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 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 54 25 23 6 153 166 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

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 52 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 53 9 27 3 36
T. Tatar 52 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 53 14 15 -2 29
P. Datsyuk 38 8 20 12 28
J. Abdelkader 53 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 39 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 49 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 20 10 4 .933 1.97
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89