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Jimmy Roberts, the original St. Louis Blue, passes away at 75

The St. Louis Blues released the following statement regarding Jimmy Roberts, who died of cancer at age 75:

“The St. Louis Blues and the Blues Alumni organization are deeply saddened by the passing of the original Blue Jimmy Roberts. Jimmy was the franchise’s first-ever draft pick and was instrumental in building the foundation of Blues hockey as a player and upholding its tradition as an alumnus. His tireless contributions to St. Louis, the Blues and the game of hockey as a whole will forever live as an example for future generations to follow. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Judy, and their two daughters.”

Roberts was obviously a huge part of the Blues organization, yet he also enjoyed success elsewhere.

He won five Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens, and as you can see from the video above, also made an impact as a coach.

The hockey world mourned his loss on Friday. Here are some remembrances.