The ‘Original Blue,’ Jimmy Roberts, passes away
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – On Friday, the St. Louis Blues announced the passing of Jimmy Roberts, the franchise’s first-ever draft pick. He was 75 years old.
“The St. Louis Blues and the Blues Alumni organization are deeply saddened by the passing of the original Blue Jimmy Roberts. Jimmy was the franchise’s first-ever draft pick and was instrumental in building the foundation of Blues hockey as a player and upholding its tradition as an alumnus. His tireless contributions to St. Louis, the Blues and the game of hockey as a whole will forever live as an example for future generations to follow. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Judy, and their two daughters.”
Roberts was a five-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Montreal Canadiens and a three-time NHL All-Star. He retired in St. Louis after the 1977-78 season. Roberts went on to coach Buffalo (1981-82), Hartford (1991-92) and St. Louis (1996-97).