Blackhawks To Honor Robertson During Ceremonial Puck Drop
|After working for 66 years behind the scenes and off the ice at the United Center and Chicago Stadium, long time team employee John Robertson will finally get to work on the ice. The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that Robertson has been tabbed to help drop the ceremonial puck before tonight's season opener against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
Having served in various positions from assistant trainer to the NHL official's room guard since his introduction to the team in 1937, Robertson is best known these days as the watchdog outside of the Blackhawks team dressing room. He has held that seat, his second stint in the position, since his father relinquished the duty back in 1977.
"It is a proud night for us to be able to say thank you to a gentleman and team member who has been witness to so much of the Blackhawks rich tradition," said Chicago Blackhawks Vice President Peter Wirtz. "Having John drop the ceremonial puck is just a small way to say thank you to him and all the other team employees who have been instrumental to our success."
Robertson's initial duties with the team were as a 16 year-old assistant to his brother Ken in the Chicago Blackhawk trainer's room.