Dr. Gordon William ‘Doc’ Roberts

Biography

Athlete : Hockey
Year Inducted: 1987
Date of Birth: September 5th, 1891
Born in: Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Gordon William Roberts (deceased) was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played for the Ottawa Hockey Club and Montreal Wanderers from 1911 to 1916 as part of the National Hockey Association (NHA). He also played with both the Vancouver Millionaires and Seattle Metropolitans of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA).

Known as an excellent left winger he was a member of the Ottawa team that defended the Stanley Cup in a 1910 challenge; Roberts scored seven goals in two games in his team’s victory over the Edmonton Hockey Club. He moved to Montreal in 1910 where he was consistently among the NHA’s leading scorers with the Wanderers.

While in Montreal, Roberts attended McGill University where he studied to become a physician. Following his graduation, he settled in British Columbia to begin his medical career. Continuing his hockey career, Roberts joined the Vancouver Millionaires where he was named a PCHA all-star at left wing and led the league in scoring with 43 goals in 1916–17.

He retired from hockey in 1918 following a season in Seattle before Vancouver lured him back to the game one year later. Roberts left the sport again in 1920 and his medical career ultimately took him to Oakland, California where he practiced for over 40 years. He scored 293 career goals in only 166 regular season games. He was posthumously inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1971.