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Jeremy Roenick
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Born January 17, 1970 (1970-01-17) (age 49)
Boston, Massachusetts
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
Played for Chicago Blackhawks
Phoenix Coyotes
Philadelphia Flyers
Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks
National team Flag of the United States.svg United States
NHL Draft 8th overall, 1988
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 1988–2009

Jeremy Roenick (born Jeremy Shaffer Roenick on January 17, 1970) is an American former professional ice hockey player who played the majority of his career in the National Hockey League (NHL).

He played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks over the course of his 18 NHL season career and represented Team USA in numerous international tournaments.

On November 10, 2007, he became the third American-born player (Joe Mullen and Mike Modano were the first two) to score 500 goals.

Playing CareerEdit

Amateur Playing CareerEdit

Jeremy began playing hockey at the age of four when the parents of a playmate persuaded his parents to put Jeremy in a hockey program so that their child would be with someone he knew.

The son of a Mobil oil district coordinator, Jeremy constantly moved around the Northeastern United States, joining new hockey teams with each stop.

He started his career playing for several years as a squirt and pee wee in Ridgefield, Connecticut. He then moved to Fairfax, Virginia where he traveled to play for the bantam-level New Jersey Rockets, who had won back-to-back national championships in 1984–85 and 1985–86.

At the age of 14, Jeremy was required to take a flight from Dulles Airport to Newark, New Jersey, on a weekly basis to make the Rockets' games. He helped the Rockets to a state championship, registering 300 points in only 75 games.

After one year of traveling for hockey, the Roenick family would move back to Massachusetts where Jeremy enrolled at Thayer Academy.

Jeremy played on the same line as future NHL line-mate Tony Amonte; the two went on to win two League Championships. He was so impressive during his time at Thayer Academy that he was drafted straight out of high school, going eighth overall in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Jeremy was also taken to breakfast by Wayne Gretzky in an attempt to convince him to play for the Hull Olympiques, a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) team that Gretzky owned. He played for the Olympiques during the 1988-89 season scoring 70 points in 28 games before going on to represent the United States at the 1989 World Junior Championship.

In his second World Junior Championship, Jeremy led the tournament in scoring and was named a Tournament All-Star. His line (which included future NHL players Mike Modano and John LeClair) totaled 41 points, the most ever by a Team USA line and sixth most in tournament history.

Despite his scoring success, the United States finished the tournament in fifth place.

During the tournament, Jeremy become the all-time leading American scorer, totaling 25 points. His record stood for 21 years before being broken by Jordan Schroeder in 2010; however, it took Schroeder three tournaments to pass Jeremy, who set the record in just two events.

Following his successful World Junior performance, the Blackhawks called Jeremy up during the 1988–89 season.

Chicago BlackhawksEdit

On October 6, 1988, Jeremy made his NHL debut against the New York Rangers and then scored his first goal on February 14, 1989 against the Minnesota North Stars. In 20 games at the NHL level, he scored 18 points.

In the 1989 playoffs, Jeremy helped the Blackhawks reach the Conference Finals. During the playoffs, he gave the Chicago fans a glimpse of what kind of player he would become.

In a game against the St. Louis Blues, he got into an altercation with Blues' defenseman Glen Featherstone. Featherstone crosschecked Jeremy in the mouth and broke his front teeth; Featherstone would be given a five-minute major penalty while Jeremy received a minor penalty.

Jeremy remained in the game and once his penalty expired, he took a shift on the power play and scored a goal.

In the 1989–90 season, Jeremy joined the Blackhawks full-time and helped the team improve by 22 points to win the Norris Division title; he scored 26 goals and 66 points in the regular season. During the 1990 playoffs, he helped the Blackhawks reach the Campbell Conference Finals before losing to the Edmonton Oilers.

Jeremy scored 18 points in 20 games. The Blackhawks' confidence in his abilities allowed them to trade star forward Denis Savard for defenseman Chris Chelios in June of 1990.

In 1990–91, Jeremy paced the team with ten game-winning goals as the Blackhawks improved another 18 points to win the Presidents' Trophy. He 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, Jeremy scored eight points. The following year, he 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. Jeremy scored 22 points in 18 games as the team captured the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl over Edmonton before getting swept by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the final round.

In 1992–93, he 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, Jeremy played in his third All-Star Game. In the playoffs, he scored three points in four games as the Blackhawks were swept by the St. Louis Blues. At year's end, he ranked tenth on The Hockey News' Top-25 Players list.

In 1993–94, Jeremy 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 lockout-shortened 1994–95 season, Jeremy scored 34 points in 33 games. He missed 15 games with a bruised tibia. He played eight games in the 1995 playoffs as the Blackhawks reached the Western Conference Final, where they fell to the Detroit Red Wings.

In 1995–96, Jeremy 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.

Phoenix CoyotesEdit

On August 16, 1996, Jeremy was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for Alexei Zhamnov, Craig Mills and a first-round draft choice (Ty Jones).

As the number 27 he wore in Chicago was already worn by (and would eventually be retired for) Teppo Numminen, Jeremy chose number 97, becoming the first player in NHL history to wear number 97.

In his first season with his new team, he 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 1999–2000, Jeremy led the Coyotes again in scoring, this time racking up 34 goals and 44 assists for 78 points. He tallied 125 hits on the season and played in his sixth All-Star Game.

In 2000–01, Jeremy led the Coyotes with 30 goals and 76 points. He played 80 games and registered 133 hits.

Philadelphia FlyersEdit

On July 2, 2001, Jeremy 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, 2002, he scored his 1,000th NHL point in a game against the Ottawa Senators. Three nights later, he played in the mid-season All-Star Game. In the 2002 playoffs, he played five games in an opening-round loss to the Senators.

In 2002–03, Jeremy 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, 2002, he played in his 1,000th NHL game. In February, he played in the mid-season All-Star Game. In the 2003 playoffs, he scored eight points in 13 games as the Flyers reached the second round before again losing to the Ottawa Senators.

On February 12, 2004, during a game against the New York Rangers, Jeremy was hit in the face by an errant slapshot from the Rangers' defenseman Boris Mironov.

The force of the shot broke Jeremy's jaw in 19 places and knocked him unconscious for several minutes as he lay on the ice in a pool of blood. He suffered his ninth concussion on the play and there was concern that he had suffered damage to his brain's circulatory system in addition to the broken jaw, leading him to consider retirement.

However, further testing revealed no circulatory damage and Jeremy returned ahead of schedule after missing more than a month of hockey due to the concussion and broken jaw, with less than two weeks left in the season.

In 2003–04, Jeremy was limited to 62 games, but he 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.

In the 2004 playoffs, Jeremy helped the Flyers reach the Eastern Conference Finals, scoring four goals and 13 points, including the series-clinching overtime goal in game six of the second round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

However, the Flyers lost in the Eastern Conference Finals to the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Los Angeles KingsEdit

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, Jeremy was traded the next day to the Los Angeles Kings.

Jeremy's 2005–06 season with the Kings was greatly disappointing, both for himself and for the team. He managed just 22 points in 58 games, his lowest total since he scored 18 points in 20 games in his rookie season.

It was a trying season for Jeremy, who missed time due to a broken finger suffered while blocking a shot during a penalty kill, played games late in the season after suffering a chip fracture in his right ankle and the concussion suffered from the slapshot had changed his game, making him a tentative player.

Jeremy was displeased with his performances stating in an almost apologetic way, saying: "I went to LA to finish off the last year of my contract and had a year off playing [lockout] and it was a really difficult year for me, it was hard mentally. A lot of people don’t realize that for six months I had a lot of problems with the concussions and battling the jaw injury…"

Becoming a free agent at the end of his first season in Los Angeles, Jeremy expressed strong interest in joining a Canadian team. "It was a nightmare season from hell last year," he said, "I've always said I would like to play in Canada before my career is over."

Second Stint with PhoenixEdit

On July 4, 2006, Jeremy signed a one-year, $1.2 million deal that brought him back to the Phoenix Coyotes.

In Phoenix for his second tenure, he scored 28 points in 70 games, a relatively low scoring season for him. His second stint in Phoenix was not without its share of off-ice issues as well.

On December 12, 2006, Jeremy left General Motors Place in Vancouver after finding out that he had been scratched from the game's line-up against the Canucks. He went on record saying that he left the arena to go to a restaurant for what he called "a nice dinner."

The heart of the problem was that Jeremy felt that he was healthy enough to play in the game following a back injury and Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky felt he needed more time to recover. His antics led to him being benched again in the Coyotes' next game.

The next time Jeremy was scratched, he was more accepting of Gretzky's decision, stating a different mindset following the news that his daughter, Brandi had been diagnosed with the kidney ailment, IgA nephropathy.

San Jose SharksEdit

After his low-scoring campaign in Phoenix, there was speculation Jeremy would retire. Indeed, on July 4, 2007, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that he sent them a text message announcing his retirement from the NHL.

However, later that month, Jeremy's agent, Neil Abbott, released a statement indicating that the "text message retirement" announcement by the Philadelphia newspaper had been premature and that Jeremy would be making a decision on his future within the next month.

On September 4, 2007, it was confirmed that Jeremy had signed a one-year, $500,000 deal with the San Jose Sharks to fill the role of checking line center. He credited Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson, his former roommate when they played together in Chicago, with giving him another chance at hockey.

A month into his first season with San Jose, on November 10, 2007, Jeremy scored his 500th goal, coming 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.

Goaltender Alex Auld attempted to clear the puck out of the crease from the side of the goal mouth, but accidentally bumped the puck off the heel of his goalie stick into the net.

Jeremy became the third American-born player to reach the 500-goal plateau, joining Mike Modano and Joe Mullen.

On January 10, 2008, Jeremy scored his 503rd goal against the Vancouver Canucks, passing Joe Mullen for second in all-time scoring by American-born players. He currently trails his good friend and former World Junior linemate Mike Modano.

As the Sharks entered the 2007 playoffs against the Calgary Flames, he 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 the second round, the Sharks were, however, eliminated in six games. Roenick also finished the season with ten game-winning goals.

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

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

RetirementEdit

On August 6, 2009, Jeremy announced his retirement from the NHL and professional hockey. He finished his career having scored 513 goals and 703 assists in 1,363 games for a total of 1,216 points.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1986–87 Thayer Academy USHS 24 21 34 55 20
1987–88 Thayer Academy USHS 24 34 50 84 38
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 Kölner Haie DEL 3 3 1 4 2
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
1999–00 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 75 34 44 78 102 5 2 2 4 10
2000–01 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 80 30 46 76 114
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
2005–06 Los Angeles Kings NHL 58 9 13 22 36
2006–07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 70 11 17 28 32
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
Medal record
Competitor for Flag of the United States.svg United States
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Silver 2002 Salt Lake City
Canada Cup
Silver 1991 Canada

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
1988 United States WJC 6th 7 5 4 9 4
1989 United States WJC 5th 7 8 8 16 0
1991 United States WC 4th 9 5 6 11 8
1991 United States CC Template:Sica 8 4 2 6 4
1998 United States OG 6th 4 0 1 1 6
2002 United States OG Template:Sica 6 1 4 5 2
Junior totals 14 13 12 25 4
Senior totals 27 10 13 23 20

AccoladesEdit

  • 1989 QMJHL Second All-Star Team
  • 1989 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships — Tournament all-star
  • 1989 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships — Leading scorer
  • Played in 9 NHL All-Star Games — 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004
  • 1991 Canada Cup — All-Tournament Team
  • NHL Skills Competition record for shooting accuracy (2004) – 4 for 4 (shared with Ray Bourque, Mark Messier, Tomas Kaberle, Evgeni Malkin, Daniel Sedin and Dany Heatley)
  • 500th career goal — November 10, 2007, against the Phoenix Coyotes (third American-born player to do so)
  • Fourth in IGNs: The Top Ten Athletes in Video Games.
  • Second all-time American point producer in World Junior Championship history (Jordan Schroeder surpassed his number one point total in 2010)

MediaEdit

On April 11, 2007, Jeremy made his debut as a Stanley Cup playoffs hockey analyst on TSN, a cable sports broadcast network in Canada.

In 2007, he also co-hosted two episodes of "The Best Damn Sports Show...Period" which aired on Fox Sports Net, it is unclear if this role would have become a permanent role had he not signed with the San Jose Sharks.

In October of 2009, TSN's "Off the Record" announced an agreement that has Jeremy appearing on the show as a regular contributor. His recurring segment has been named "Oh JR! with Jeremy Roenick."

He worked as an analyst for the NBC family of networks coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics where he acted as the counterpart for Mike Milbury.

Jeremy has made acting appearances on television shows as well, most recently having a cameo appearance on an episode of "Go On" on NBC on September 25, 2012.

He has also appeared in an episode of "Leverage," an episode of "Ghost Whisperer", two episodes of "Hack" and two episodes of HBO's "Arli$$."

In September of 2010, it was announced that Jeremy would become a regular judge on the second season of CBC's reality program "Battle of the Blades" which pairs ex-NHL players with professional female figure skaters to compete in a pairs figure skating competition.

PersonalityEdit

Jeremy was known for giving back to the fans. Whether it was signing autographs for fans by the players entrance or who came up to him on the street, he regularly attempted to establish good rapport with the fans. For Jeremy, it was an understanding of what it meant to be the fan on the other side

As a child, he attended Hartford Whalers' games; during one visit, hockey legend Gordie Howe picked up a pile of snow off the ice and threw it over the glass and on top of Jeremy's head; Howe then continued to skate around, but looked at Jeremy again and winked.

Jeremy recalled what a lasting effect it had on him, noting:

"I thought that was the coolest thing that ever happened in my whole life, it took three seconds. It was me, Gordie Howe and no one else...That moment stuck with me for years and years and years. It was little, it was small and it took nothing out of his power or time but it resonated with me my whole life. So, as a player, as I got older, I tried to reach out to fans, reach out to kids whether on the ice or on the street or in a restaurant. I try to do little things where I can make the same impression on a young child that Gordie Howe made on me. That’s a gift that was given to me. And I made sure I did it, every, single day. Without the fans, without their support, the NHL would be nothing, the NFL would be nothing, basketball, baseball, you name it right down the line ... The two or three seconds you give each day to make sure you appreciate the people who appreciate you, goes a long way."

Even with his giving back to the fans, Jeremy was better known for his mouth, always willing to speak his mind.

He was always a popular interview for reporters, one of a few players who spoke from the heart and never shied away from taking on the heads of the game, whether it was the NHL commissioner or the leadership of the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA).

It was Jeremy's willingness to talk that got him into a famous trade of quotations in 1996.

In the 1996 Western Conference Semi-finals between the Colorado Avalanche and the Chicago Blackhawks, after a controversial game in which Jeremy was tripped on a breakaway and no penalty shot was called, Patrick Roy said, "I would have saved it anyway."

Jeremy responded in another interview, "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."

When later asked about Jeremy's comments, Roy retorted, "I cannot really hear what Jeremy says because I've got my two Stanley Cup rings plugging my ears."

ControversyEdit

Jeremy's openness has often led to controversy.

During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, he addressed certain fans that perceive NHL players as being spoiled. Jeremy told these fans to "kiss my ass" and accused them of being jealous.

Jeremy stated further that he would prefer that those fans who shared that perception no longer attend NHL games or watch them on television. Afterwards, he felt his remarks had been taken out of context by ESPN.

Jeremy'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"; Jeremy had six goals and seven assists in 32 games when he made that comment.

In May of 2009, Jeremy claimed that Chris Chelios (then a member of the Detroit Red Wings) was receiving less playing time because Mike Babcock, Detroit's head coach, was biased against American players. Chelios and Babcock dismissed the allegations and stated that there was no tension between them.

Jeremy returned to questioning American Olympic selections prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

During an interview with Toronto-based radio station AM640, Jeremy publicly questioned the selection of Chris Drury to the Olympic team. He felt that Drury was as good for the team as Scott Gomez or T.J. Oshie in terms of on-ice play.

Jeremy also felt that Drury's main role was to be a leader to the young Americans and that Mike Modano was a better choice to fill that role for the Olympic team. Drury scored a key goal in the team USA's win over Canada, during the preliminary round and Jeremy later issued a public apology to Drury.

On February 8, 2006, The Star Ledger reported that Jeremy 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 former Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Rick Tocchet, and the wife of famous NHL player and Coyotes' former head coach Wayne Gretzky, Janet Jones.

Jeremy was required to give an affidavit to the New Jersey authorities for allegedly placing bets. It was the second time he had been investigated for his gambling.

In 2004, Jeremy came under investigation after paying a Florida sports-gambling operation between $50,000 and $100,000 for betting tips and services.

However, at the time, however, the NHL did not prohibit players from betting on sports, other than hockey and he stated that he stopped gambling after a warning from Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Bobby Clarke.

Following the loss of the 2004–05 season to a labor dispute, Jeremy found himself at odds with the Flyers. He claimed to be suffering from a concussion despite the Flyers' doctors having cleared him following his exit physical.

Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, injured players from the previous season were still to be paid during the lockout (Jeremy's contract was for $7.5 million in 2004–05).

After several trips to different doctors, the Flyers' and Jeremy finally settled on a payment between $1.09 million and $1.5 million for games he would have missed due to post-concussion syndrome if there had been no lockout.

Personal LifeEdit

While with the Philadelphia Flyers, Jeremy lived in Moorestown Township, New Jersey.

He and his wife Tracy have two children: daughter Brandi and son Brett. They live in Scottsdale, Arizona. Tracy Roenick is an avid equestrian rider, owner and trainer who earned a spot on the United States Equestrian Team Long List in 2001.

Jeremy's nephew, Chris Calnan, was selected 79th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.