Jimmy Roberts, a five-time Stanley Cup champion with the Montreal Canadiens and an original member of the St. Louis Blues who went on to coach the Buffalo Sabres and the Hartford Whalers, died on Friday. He was 75.
His death was announced by the Blues, who said the cause was cancer. The team did not say where he died.
Roberts had been scheduled to drop the ceremonial puck Saturday night before the Blues’ Hockey Fights Cancer Night game against the Islanders.
Playing both defense and forward, Roberts, a three-time All-Star, had 126 goals and 194 assists in 1,006 regular-season games with Montreal and St. Louis. He had 20 goals and 16 assists in 153 playoff games, helping the Canadiens win titles in 1965, in 1966 and, after he was traded back to Montreal by St. Louis, in 1973, 1976 and 1977.
He was taken by St. Louis in the 1967 expansion draft and helped the Blues reach the Stanley Cup…