Jim Robertson

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James Hanlon Robertson

Born: November 22, 1933 (St. Catharines, Ontario)
Died: April 23, 2014 (Welland, Ontario)

 

Jim Robertson, a pint-sized forward, won a Memorial Cup junior championship in 1953 and an Allan Cup senior title two years later. He also spent parts of three seasons in the minor professional ranks.

The 5-foot-7, 170-pound left-winger played 76 junior hockey games for his hometown St. Catharines (Ont.) Teepees. He was traded to the Windsor Spitfires in December, 1951, before being acquired before the start of the 1952-53 season by the Barrie Flyers.

The Flyers defeated the St. Boniface Canadiens in five games (all played in Manitoba) to claim the Memorial Cup as junior Dominion champions. The Flyers, coached by Happ Emms, roster included future NHLers in Doug Mohns and Don McKenney, while the defence included Don Cherry. In 10 Memorial Cup playoff games, Robertson scored six goals and added six assists.

He had his most productive season in 1953-54, as the 20-year-old forward recorded 56 goals and 57 assists in 59 games. He was named to the Ontario Hockey Association’s first all-star team on left wing, an honour he shared with future NHL star Dick Duff.

Robertson graduated to senior ranks with the Niagara Falls Cataracts in 1954-55, also skating in 17 games for the Hershey (Pa.) Bears of the professional American Hockey League. He scored three goals in 17 games for the Bears. He was seconded to the Kitchener-Waterloo Flying Dutchmen for the Allan Cup playoffs, recording two assists as the Dutchmen went on to claim the trophy by defeating the Fort William (Ont.) Beavers.

The forward spent the following season split between the Bears and the Victoria (B.C.) Cougars of the Western Hockey League. In 1956-57, he played 16 games for the Quebec Aces.

The other Ontario senior-A, senior-B and intermediate teams for which he dressed included the Chatham Maroons, Port Colborne Sailors, Welland-Crowland Combines, Welland Burloaks, Welland Blacks, and Guelph Regals.

Away from the rink, he had a long career with the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority.

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