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Gary Roberts

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Gary Roberts spent his first season split between the Calgary Flames and their farm team. He became a first team member in 1987 along with his childhood buddy, Joe Nieuwendyk. Known as a rambunctious style, he earned his only Stanley Cup in 1989. He steadily improved and scored 53 goals in 1992. His hard-hitting style caught up with him when he had to miss most of the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons, as well as the entire 1996-97 seasons due to numbness in his neck. Returning with a new super-healthy regime, he signed with the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997. In 2000, he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs and was a key performer for them in the 2002 playoffs. During his four seasons in Toronto, he became one of the modern favourites of the Leafs Nation. After serving as a mentor to younger players while playing for the Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Tampa Bay Lightning, Roberts retired from playing in 2011. Roberts is well known for his dedication to personal training and helped many peers train in the offseason during his playing career. He continued this into retirement. One of Roberts early pupils was Steven Stamkos. After his first offseason training with Roberts, Stamkos developed into a 50 goal scorer with Tampa. This subsequently lead several other players seeking to train with Roberts. He currently runs the Gary Roberts High Performance Centre and Fitness Institute, where he trains several junior and professional hockey players.

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