Age finally caught up with Gary Roberts. The 42 year old Tampa Bay Lightning left wing announced his retirement today after a 21-year career that included 1,224 games, 910 points and a Stanley Cup title.
Roberts, 42, was acquired by the Lightning from Pittsburgh this past summer and skated in 30 games this season, recording four goals, seven points and 27 penalty minutes. His final game took place March 1 at Calgary, where Roberts began his career in 1986 and where he helped the Flames win the 1989 Stanley Cup. His storied career took him from Calgary (1986-96) to Carolina (1997-2000) to Toronto (2000-2004) to Florida (2005-2007) to Pittsburgh (2007-2008 ) before concluding this season in Tampa Bay.
A serious neck injury forced Roberts to miss most of the 1994–95 season as well as the first half of the 1995–96 season. He returned to the Flames late that year, and after scoring 42 points in 35 games, won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance and dedication to hockey. His neck did not get better, and he was forced to miss the entire 1996–97 season.
Here’s a clip of his eating well life style