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Position Center
Shot Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
San Jose Sharks
Chicago Blackhawks
Phoenix Coyotes
Philadelphia Flyers
Los Angeles Kings
Nationality United States
Born January 17 1970 (1970-01-17) (age 40),
Boston, MA, USA
NHL Draft 8th overall, 1988
Chicago Blackhawks
Pro Career 1988 – present
Website http://www.roenicklife.com

Jeremy Shaffer Roenick (born January 17, 1970) is an American professional ice hockey player currently playing for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, and Los Angeles Kings over the course of 18 NHL seasons and represented Team USA in numerous international tournaments. He became the 3rd American (Joe Mullen and Mike Modano the other two) to score 500 NHL goals on November 10, 2007.

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Playing career

Jeremy Roenick was drafted eighth overall in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. He made his NHL debut that year on October 6 against the New York Rangers and then scored his first goal on February 14 against the Minnesota North Stars. In 20 games at the NHL level, Roenick scored 18 points. In the playoffs, he helped the Blackhawks reach the second round. In the 1988–89 season, Jeremy joined the Blackhawks full-time and helped the team improve 22 points to win the Norris Division title. He scored 26 goals and 66 points. During the playoffs, Roenick helped the Blackhawks reach the Campbell Conference finals before losing to the Edmonton Oilers. He scored 18 points in 20 games.

In 1990–91, Roenick paced the team with ten game winning goals as the Blackhawks improved another 18 points to win the Presidents' Trophy. Roenick finished second on the team with 41 goals, 53 assists and 94 points and played in his first NHL All-Star Game. In six playoff games, he scored eight points. The following year, Roenick led the team with 53 goals, 50 assists and 103 points and played in his second All-Star Game. While the team dropped to second in the Norris Division during the regular season, they marched all the way to the 1992 Stanley Cup Finals in the playoffs. Roenick scored 22 points in 18 games as the team captured the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl over Edmonton before losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the final round.

In 1992–93, Roenick led the Blackhawks with 50 goals, 107 points and 22 power-play goals as the team improved 19 points to win their third Norris Division title in four years (47 wins, 106 points). During the season, Roenick played in his third All-Star Game. In the playoffs, he scored three points in four games. At year's end, he ranked tenth on The Hockey News' Top-25 Players list. In 1993–94, Roenick again led his team with 46 goals, a career-high 61 assists, 107 points, a career-high 24 power-play goals, five shorthanded goals and a +21 plus/minus rating as the Blackhawks fell back 19 points in the standings. He also played in his fourth mid-season All-Star Game. In the post-season, he scored seven points in six playoff games. At year's end, he ranked tenth on The Hockey News' Top-40 Players list. He also won the Chicago Sports Profiles Humanitarian of the Year Award.

In the shortened 1994–95 season, Roenick scored 34 points in 33 games. He missed 15 games with a bruised tibia. He played eight games in the playoffs as the Blackhawks reached the Western Conference final. In 1995–96, Roenick scored 67 points in 66 games before missing the last 11 games with a sprained ankle. At year's end, he was the team's leader with 32 goals.

On August 16, 1996, Roenick was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for Alexei Zhamnov and Craig Mills. In his first season with his new team, Roenick scored 29 goals and 69 points. In 1997–98, he finished second on the team with 56 points. In 1998–99, he led the Coyotes with 72 points and played in his fifth All-Star Game while also knocking 154 hits. In 1999–00, Roenick again led the Coyotes in scoring, this time racking up 34 goals and 78 points. He tallied 125 hits on the season and played in his sixth All-Star Game. In 2000–01, Roenick led the Coyotes with 30 goals and 76 points. He played 80 games and knocked 133 hits.

On July 2, 2001, Roenick signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers. In his first season with the Flyers he won both the Bobby Clarke Trophy (MVP) and Yanick Dupre Memorial (Class Guy) team awards. He led the team with 46 assists, 67 points, and a +32 plus/minus rating as the Flyers won the Atlantic Division title. On January 30, he scored his 1,000th NHL point in a match against the Senators. Three nights later, he played in the mid-season All-Star Game. In the playoffs, Roenick played five games in an opening-round loss to the Senators.

In 2002–03, Roenick led the Flyers with 27 goals and 59 points as the team won 45 games and finished second in the Atlantic Division. He also co-led the Flyers with 32 assists and eight power-play goals. On November 16, Roenick played in his 1,000th NHL game. In February, he played in the mid-season All-Star Game. In the playoffs, he scored eight points in 13 games as the Flyers reached the second round before losing to the Senators.

In 2003–04, Roenick was limited to 62 games, but still scored 47 points as the Flyers won their third division title in five years. He finished second on the team with a .76 points-per-game average. Roenick missed more than a month of hockey with a concussion before returning with less than two weeks left in the season. In the playoffs, Roenick helped the Flyers reach the Eastern Conference final before losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. In the second round against the Maple Leafs, he scored the series-clinching overtime goal in game six.

Following the NHL Lockout, the Flyers surprised everyone by signing Peter Forsberg on August 3, 2005. In order to clear salary cap space for Forsberg's contract, Roenick was traded the next day to the Los Angeles Kings.

Roenick's 2005–06 campaign with the Kings was greatly disappointing, both for Roenick and for the team. He managed 22 points, his lowest total since he scored 18 points in 20 games in his rookie season. Becoming a free agent at the end of his first season in Los Angeles, he expressed strong interest in joining a Canadian team. "It was a nightmare season from hell last year," Roenick said, "I've always said I would like to play in Canada before my career is over". Instead, Roenick signed a one-year, $1.2 million deal, on July 4, 2006, that sent him back to the Phoenix Coyotes.

After a similarly low-scoring season with Phoenix – he scored 28 points in 70 games – there was speculation Roenick would retire. On July 4, 2007, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Roenick sent them a text message announcing his retirement from the NHL. Later that month, Roenick's agent, Neil Abbott, released a statement indicating that the "text message retirement" announcement by the Philadelphia newspaper had been premature, and that Roenick would be making a decision on his future within the next month. This was revealed to be true, as on September 4, it was confirmed that Roenick had signed a one-year, $500,000 deal with the San Jose Sharks.

A month into his first season with San Jose, on November 10, Roenick scored his 500th goal, against his former team, the Phoenix Coyotes – an unassisted mark from center ice that bounced off the end boards, then hitting the side of the net, goalie Alex Auld attempting to clear the puck out of the crease from the side of the goal mouth, accidentally bumped the puck off the heel of his goalie stick into the net. Roenick became the third American-born player to reach the 500-goal plateau, joining Mike Modano and Joe Mullen. On January 10, 2008, Roenick scored his 503rd goal against the Vancouver Canucks, passing Joe Mullen for second in all-time scoring by American-born players. He trails active Dallas Stars forward Mike Modano. As the Sharks entered the playoffs against the Calgary Flames, Roenick displayed an inspired Game 7 performance, scoring two goals and two assists to eliminate Calgary. Advancing to the second round to face Mike Modano and the Dallas Stars in Round 2, the Sharks were, however, eliminated in six games. Roenick also finished the season with 10 game-winning goals.

On June 25, 2008, Roenick re-signed with the Sharks to a one-year, $1.1 million contract, doubling his previous salary.

On February 21, 2009, Roenick earned his 700th career assist against the Atlanta Thrashers, by setting up Jonathan Cheechoo's goal. He is the 48th player in NHL history, and the 6th American-born player, to reach that threshold.

Personality

In the 1996 Western Conference semi-finals between the Colorado Avalanche and the Chicago Blackhawks, after a controversial game in which Roenick was tripped on a breakaway and no penalty shot was called, Patrick Roy said, "I would have saved it anyway." In another interview, Roenick replied, "I'd like to know where Patrick was in Game 3 (a game in which Roenick had scored on Patrick Roy on a similar breakaway); probably up trying to get his jock out of the rafters." Roy retorted, "I cannot really hear what Jeremy says because I've got my two Stanley Cup rings plugging my ear." Despite Roy's obvious change in subject, the line is considered famous.

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Controversy

An infamously outspoken individual, Roenick stirred up controversy during the 2004–05 NHL lockout, when he addressed certain fans that perceive NHL players as being spoiled. Roenick told these fans to "kiss my ass" and accused them of being jealous. He stated further that he would prefer that those fans who shared that perception no longer attend NHL games or watch them on television. Afterwards, Roenick felt his remarks had been taken out of context by ESPN. He was famously critical of both the NHL owners and the NHLPA council.

Roenick also alienated his team at the time, the Philadelphia Flyers, when he claimed to be suffering from a concussion in order to extract injury pay during the lockout, despite the Flyers' doctors having cleared him to play.

Roenick's penchant for stirring controversy also saw him claiming in 2006 that USA Hockey has "blackballed" him, and was being disrespectful by not including him on the American national team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. He claimed, "I'm a lot better player than my points indicate"; he had six goals and seven assists in 32 games when he made that comment.

On February 8, 2006, The Star Ledger reported that Roenick had been identified as one of several NHL players implicated in Operation Slapshot – an operation created with the intent to uncover a nationwide gambling ring. Other notable names involved in this investigation are former Phoenix Coyotes' Assistant Coach and current Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Rick Tocchet, and wife of famous NHL player and Coyotes' head coach Wayne Gretzky, Janet Jones.

Awards and achievements

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1988–89 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 28 34 36 70 14 9 7 12 19 6
1988–89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 20 9 9 18 4 10 1 3 4 7
1989–90 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 78 26 40 66 54 20 11 7 18 8
1990–91 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 79 41 53 94 80 6 3 5 8 4
1991–92 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 53 50 103 98 18 12 10 22 12
1992–93 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 84 50 57 107 86 4 1 2 3 2
1993–94 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 84 46 61 107 125 6 1 6 7 2
1994–95 KΓΆlner Haie DEL 3 3 1 4 2 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1994–95 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 33 10 24 34 14 8 1 2 3 16
1995–96 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 66 32 35 67 109 10 5 7 12 2
1996–97 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 72 29 40 69 115 6 2 4 6 4
1997–98 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 79 24 32 56 103 6 5 3 8 4
1998–99 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 78 24 48 72 130 1 0 0 0 0
1999–2000 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 75 34 44 78 102 5 2 2 4 10
2000–01 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 80 30 46 76 114 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
2001–02 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 21 46 67 74 5 0 0 0 14
2002–03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 27 32 59 75 13 3 5 8 8
2003–04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 62 19 28 47 62 18 4 9 13 8
2004–05 Did not play β€” See 2004–05 NHL lockout
2005–06 Los Angeles Kings NHL 58 9 13 22 36 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
2006–07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 70 11 17 28 32 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
2007–08 San Jose Sharks NHL 69 14 19 33 26 12 2 3 5 2
2008–09 San Jose Sharks NHL 42 4 9 13 24 6 0 1 1 12
NHL totals 1363 513 703 1216 1463 154 53 69 122 115

International play

Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Silver 2002 Salt Lake City Ice hockey
Silver 1991 Canada Cup Ice Hockey

Played for the United States in:

International statistics

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1998 United States Oly 4 0 1 1 6
2002 United States Oly 6 1 4 5 2

References

External links

  • Jeremy Roenick's Official Webpage
  • Jeremy Roenick's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Jeremy's U.S. Olympic Team bio
Preceded by
Jimmy Waite
Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick
1988
Succeeded by
Adam Bennett
Preceded by
Roman Cechmanek
Winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy
2002
Succeeded by
Roman Cechmanek

This article uses material from the "Jeremy Roenick" article on the Ice Hockey wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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