Former NHL player Gary Roberts announced plans Wednesday for a familiar role of off-ice instruction in his return to Pennsylvania.
He will be the coordinator of the Sports Performance Center at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township, Pa.
Since his NHL retirement in 2009, Roberts, 48, has been on a mission to make sure hockey players maintain a structured workout regimen away from the rink. He aided many of the NHL elite at his personal training center in Toronto the past seven years and will try to offer a similar philosophy at the 185,000 square foot center scheduled to open in August.
Roberts, who seven years ago played in the Stanley Cup Final with the Pittsburgh Penguins, will coordinate, lead and work at the Sports Performance Center. He'll work with youth hockey players and other athletes, and consult with the full-time UPMC staff.
"I love the city and the fans of Pittsburgh," Roberts said in a statement. "These are philosophies I honed during my career and afterward. I'm thrilled to team up with UPMC to bring philosophies and programs that we've put in place to train, develop and mentor athletes from the youth levels all the way to the professional ranks."