Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- David Roberts
Although born in California, David Roberts earned his hockey stripes at the University of Michigan. During his four-year stint on campus he was twice selected as a CCHA Second-Team All-Star and he made the NCAA West Second All-American team in 1991. Upon his graduation, Roberts joined the U.S. National Team for a season, culminating in a trip to the Olympics in 1994. He then turned pro immediately after the Games. With his playing rights owned by the St. Louis Blues, Roberts was sent to the Peoria Rivermen of the IHL to finish out their season. He was then brought up for a brief taste of playoff action with the Blues to close out an eventful year.

But at the start of the 1994-95 campaign, it became apparent that navigating his way through the big leagues wouldn't be as easy as it was in college hockey. Roberts struggled to catch on with the Blues, picking up only a handful of games between trips to the minors. In 1996, he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers who kept him around for six games and then released him at the close of the season.

The following year, Roberts gave his career one more shot by signing as a free agent with the Vancouver Canucks. His first campaign with the team was his best. He scored 27 points in 58 games, finishing the year at a +11. But at the start of the next season, he lost his touch and was sent to play with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

Roberts then returned closer to home, skating for the Michgan K-Wings and the Grand Rapids Griffins of the IHL until his retirement in 2001.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 Avon Old Farms High-CT 17 6 9 15
1987-88 Avon Old Farms High-CT 25 18 39 57
1988-89 Avon Old Farms High-CT 25 28 48 76
1989-90 University of Michigan CCHA 42 21 32 53 46
1990-91 University of Michigan CCHA 43 26 45 71 58
1991-92 University of Michigan CCHA 44 16 42 58 68
1992-93 University of Michigan CCHA 40 27 38 65 40
1993-94 United States Nat-Tm 49 17 28 45 68
1993-94 United States Olympics 8 1 5 6 4
1993-94 St. Louis Blues NHL 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 12
1993-94 Peoria Rivermen IHL 10 4 6 10 4
1994-95 Peoria Rivermen IHL 65 30 38 68 65
1994-95 St. Louis Blues NHL 19 6 5 11 10 +2 6 0 0 0 4
1995-96 St. Louis Blues NHL 28 1 6 7 12 -7
1995-96 Worcester IceCats AHL 22 8 17 25 46
1995-96 Edmonton Oilers NHL 6 2 4 6 6 0
1996-97 Vancouver Canucks NHL 58 10 17 27 51 +11
1997-98 Vancouver Canucks NHL 13 1 1 2 4 -1
1997-98 Syracuse Crunch AHL 37 17 22 39 44 +5 5 2 1 3 2
1998-99 Michigan K-Wings IHL 75 32 38 70 77 -5 4 1 2 3 2
1999-00 EV Zug Swiss 40 15 21 36 100 11 3 4 7 16
2000-01 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 72 27 36 63 47 10 1 2 3 8
2001-02 Eisbaren Berlin Germany 54 23 28 51 76 4 1 3 4 4
2002-03 Eisbaren Berlin Germany 49 19 30 49 95 9 1 2 3 16
2003-04 Eisbaren Berlin Germany 29 12 13 25 28 11 3 9 12 10
NHL Totals 125 20 33 53 85 9 0 0 0 16


Son of Doug
CCHA - Rookie of the Year (1990)
CCHA Second All-Star Team (1991, 1993)
NCAA West Second All-American Team (1991)
Traded to Edmonton by St. Louis for future considerations, March 12, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, July 31, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, July 31, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Berlin (Germany), June 12, 2001.