The Stena Line Belfast Giants have added defenseman Sam Roberts for the 2012-13 season. Roberts is a former East Coast Hockey League All-Star and is coming off a very successful season where he led all defensemen in scoring in the Austrian Nationaliga. He is an offensive defenceman who can jump into the play and will play a key role on the Giants powerplay next season.
In his first season in the ECHL, Roberts finished 10th in defenseman scoring. He was named to the All-Rookie Team and an ECHL All-Star while scoring 10 goals and 30 assists in 70 games with the Gwinnett Gladiators. During that season he also earned multiple call-ups to the American Hockey League (AHL) with Lake Erie and Syracuse.
Roberts has been Captain of his major junior team, university team and multiple professional teams. Roberts has also been on very successful junior teams leading them to multiple championships and playing in the prestigious Memorial Cup. In 2010/11, he was named Captain in Gwinnett in only his second pro season. Before turning pro, Roberts played 4 years at St. Francis Xavier University, where he played alongside recent Giants signing Will Colbert.
Head Coach Doug Christiansen discussed the addition of Sam Roberts:
“I have done as much research on Sam as I have any player in recent years. There is no doubt that Sam has been able to have some great offensive years. I wanted to touch base with his coaches to find out more about his defensive ability and his injury plagued 2010-11 season. I spoke with his coaches from junior, from Gwinnett and last season. Each of them raved about him on and off the ice and all of them would have loved to have him back. Their reviews combined with the video I have watched have made me very confident that Sam will be excellent for us.
“My expectation of Sam is to be a player who can jump into the rush and be effective on the power play. He has played with Will Colbert for a number of years and they have a lot of chemistry on the penalty kill and 5 on 5. Sam is hungry to play in Belfast and be a go to player. I am looking forward to working with him to achieve our goals.”
Sam Roberts commented on his signing, “I am thrilled to be joining one of the top organisations in the EIHL. I am looking forward to playing for Coach Christiansen and hopefully help continue the winning tradition in Belfast.”
Sam Roberts is 27 years old, stands 5’11” and weighs in at 185 lbs. He hails from St. John’s, Newfoundland in Canada. Roberts will wear number 6 for the Belfast Giants.
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