Dick Roberge
Position right wing
Shoots Right
5 ft 9 in (0 m)
168 lb (76 kg)
Teams Johnstown Jets
New Westminster Royals
Pittsburgh Hornets
Born April 7 1934 (1934-04-07) (age 86),
Saskatoon, SASK
NHL Draft undrafted
Pro Career 1954 – 1972

Dick Roberge (born April 7, 1934) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey forward and coach. He currently holds the record for most minor-leagues goal scored with 752 goals.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Roberge spent the majority of his career with the Johnstown Jets, joining the team at the start of the 1954-55 IHL season. He stayed with the Jets until the completion of the 1955-56 season where he would lead the league in goals scored (64) and points (118) before spending a season with the New Westminster Royals of the Western Hockey League. After playing three games with the Royals, Roberge returned to the Jets for the 1957-58 season. Roberge would lead the Jets with 37 goals but finished second in EHL scoring that season, finishing only one point behind linemate Don Hall and nine points behind Ken Coombes.

With the exception of a one game call-up with the Pittsburgh Hornets during the 1962-63 season, Roberge remained with the Jets until his retirement after the 1971-72 EHL season. Roberge would finish his career with 1232 minor league games played, which is currently the 9th highest all-time total[1]

Despite being born in Canada, Roberge spent a season on the U.S. National Team in 1965-66[2]

Roberge would later have his #11 retired by the Johnstown Chiefs during the 1990-91 season[3].

Coaching career[edit | edit source]

Roberge spent several years with the Jets as a player-coach, but eventually asked to relinquish his responsibilities as coach on so he could focus on playing hockey. On July 22, 1971, GM John Mitchell granted a release to Roberge from coaching the Jets[4]

He eventually returned to the team as a full-time coach during the 1974-75 season where he would lead the team to the Lockhart Cup as winners of the NAHL playoffs[5].

Roberge would return again to Johnstown to coach the Johnstown Wings but was not nearly as successful, finishing 25-42-3.

Acting career[edit | edit source]

Roberge would have a brief cameo in the movie Slap Shot, which was filmed in Johnstown. He appears in the film as referee Ecker, who throws player-coach Reggie Dunlop out of a game[6]

Awards and Accomplishments[edit | edit source]

Eastern Hockey League[edit | edit source]

  • Most goals scored, single season: 1955-56 (64); 1960–61 (56)
  • Most points scored, single season: 1955-56 (118); 1960–61 (116); 1964-65 (139);
  • Winner, Boardwalk Trophy: 1959-60; 1960–61; 1961–62

North American Hockey League[edit | edit source]

  • Winner, Lockhart Cup (1974–75, as coach)

External links[edit | edit source]

Dick Roberge's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Blake Sebring (2011-01-11). Tailing The Komets: Coverage of the Central Hockey League’s Fort Wayne Komets. News-Sentinel.com. Retrieved on 2011-01-13.
  2. HockeyDB.com: Dick Roberge player profile page
  3. Mike Mastovich (2003-10-12). No. 8 joining Johnstown’s elite. Tribune-Democrat.com. Retrieved on 2011-01-13.
  4. This Week in EHL History - July 20–27. theEHL.com (2010-07-30). Retrieved on 2011-01-13.
  5. Jets History. JohnstownJets.net (2011-01-13). Retrieved on 2011-01-13.
  6. Jeff Merron (2001-02-05). Page 2: Old Time Hockey Indeed. ESPN.com. Retrieved on 2011-01-13.

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