June 30, 1974 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||216 lb (98 kg; 15 st 6 lb)|
New York Rangers
|NHL Draft||254th overall, 1993
Bert Erik Johan Robertsson (born June 30, 1974, in Södertälje, Sweden) is a retired Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman. He was drafted in the tenth round, 254th overall, by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. Most recently, he played in the Swedish elite league for Södertälje SK.
While his natural position was on the blueline, Robertsson spent much of his NHL career on the wing. While he was lacking in puck skills and offensive ability, his work ethic, in-your-face style of play, and solid defensive instincts made him a useful utility player at the NHL level.
Robertsson made his professional debut with the Canucks' AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, in the 1995–96 season. He made his NHL debut in the 1997–98 season with the Canucks, appearing in 30 games and recording 2 goals along with 4 assists. He spent most of the 1998–99 season on the Canucks' roster, appearing in 39 games and recording 2 goals and 4 points.
He moved to the Edmonton Oilers organization for the 1999–2000 season. With the Oilers, he appeared in a career-high 52 games - recording 4 assists - and also saw his first NHL playoff action, appearing in all 5 games of Edmonton's opening-round loss to the Dallas Stars. The Oilers left him unprotected in the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft, in which he was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
After leaving Edmonton, Robertsson would struggle to find a home in the NHL. In his final two seasons in North America, he moved through five NHL organizations (Columbus, the New York Rangers, the Nashville Predators, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, and the Pittsburgh Penguins) and six minor-pro teams. During this time he appeared in only two NHL games: in 2000–01 with the Rangers.
Robertsson would return to Europe for the 2002–03 season, joining Ilves of Finland's SM-liiga. He then went home to Sweden, re-joining Södertälje SK of the Swedish Elite League in 2003. After two more seasons there, he retired in 2005.
He finished his NHL career with 4 goals and 10 assists in 123 career games, along with 75 penalty minutes.