Earl Cooper "Robbie" Robertson - Born November 24, 1910 in Bengough, Saskatchewan – Died January 19, 1979 was a professional ice Hockey goaltender
Robertson started out as a goalie with the Bengough Juniors, and then the Regina Falcons in 1925-26. A couple of seasons later, he went to the West Coas of Canadat to tend goal for the Vancouver Monarchs junior club and then turned pro with the Victoria Cubs of the PCHL in 1928-29.
Robertson then joined the Tacoma Tigers of the PCHL in 1930-31. His stay with the club was short, however, as he headed south to play for the Oakland Sheiks and then the Hollywood Stars of the Cal-Pro League.
In 1932-33, Robertson returned to Canada to play goal for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Western Canada Hockey League / WCHL. There, he performed consistently with a respectable goals-against average during his two seasons with the club.
From 1934 to 1936, Robertson played for the Windsor Bulldogs of the IAHL and seemed to only get better with experience. The Detroit Red Wings took notice of the goaltender's skills and purchased his rights from the Bulldogs. The Wings' brass tucked Robertson away with their minor-league affiliate the Pittsburgh Hornets for the start of the 1936-37 campaign. He put in a solid season and was rewarded with a shot in Detroit at the start of the playoffs. It must have been quite breathtaking for the netminder to progress from the Hollywood Stars to the Wings, and then play only six playoff games with a stingy 1.41 goals-against average, and was in net the day Detroit Red Wings won their third Stanley Cup in 1937.
But in spite of his success, Roberston was traded to the New York Americans shortly after the confetti from the victory parade had been swept up. The Amerks were a club that had their bright moments, but couldn't seem to get on track to win a championship. During his four seasons with the club, the Americans' fortunes only seemed to sag with time. By 1940-41, Robertson finished the season with a 6-22-8 record.
In 1941-42, his club became known as the Brooklyn Americans, but a change in name could do little to revive Robertson's fading career. He appeared in only 12 games before heading to the minors with the Springfield Indians where he retired with a winning record, closing out his career with 26 win's, 15 losses, 3 ties and 2 shutouts in 44 games.