Gary Roberts has seen and done it all in the NHL, which is precisely why the 42-year-old announced his plans to retire at the conclusion of this season.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt, I’m gone after this season,” Roberts said, according to TampaBay.com. “I’m going to retire. I’d like to finish on a good note. I’d like to come back and prove I can play and hopefully stay healthy enough to finish the season and finish playing a stretch of games and at least have some success. I’d like to finish on a high note.”
Roberts, currently on injured reserves with a lower body injury, has battled injuries this season just as he did much of last season, leading him to believe it is time to call it quits.
“When you’re hurt, you’re not as much part of it. Whether you’re a young guy or an older guy, that doesn’t change. I pay close attention to the game and I do learn a lot, even at 42 years old, I learn something watching the games, so I really tried to watch the games closely and get a feel for what I think I need to do to be successful. I still believe I can play. It’s just, will my body allow me the opportunity to show that I can play?”
In 1,213 career games, the left winger amassed 436 goals and 470 assists for 906 points. He also totaled an unsurprising 2,549 penalty minutes through his no intimidating style of play.
While Roberts has played in the All Star game three times and has been named a Second Team All Star twice, his biggest accomplishment came in 1989, when he won the first and only Stanley Cup of his career with the Calgary Flames.