Originally posted on PensInitiative  |  Last updated 9/9/13
Gary Roberts is revered in Pittsburgh.  To hear some Penguin fans talk you’d think he spent a large chunk of his career in the ‘Burgh. In reality, Roberts spent less than two seasons in the Penguin organization. In 2007, he was brought in to add a leadership presence to a young Penguins team which he did by helping them reach the playoffs for the first time in six years. Roberts became a cult hero for, among other exploits, challenging an entire Ottawa Senators line to a brawl while referees tried to no avail to remove him from the ice.  When he was healthy, Roberts could be a one man wrecking crew; a tough son-of-a-***** with an impeccable work ethic. He parlayed his reputation on the ice with his passion for health-promoting nutrition concepts and emerged as a fitness and nutrition guru to the NHL elite. His first disciple, Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos, is the perfect example: He added 15 pounds of muscle after his rookie season and led the league in goals w...
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