The end of a 20 year career has just ended. Jeremy Roenick just completed his press conference announcing his retirement. I will miss watching him play, personally.
He regaled a story about how, as a kid, he went to watch the Hartford Whalers play. He loved Gordie Howe play with his sons Marty and Mark. As Jeremy, 6 years old at the time, Gordie scooped up a hockey stick full of snow from the surface. He skated by Roenick and dropped it on his head. As he skated away and then skated back to Roenick , Gordie winked at him. That individual attention made a lifelong impression. It was a wonderful story to hear.
Here are some Jeremy Roenick stats:
20 NHL seasons, 1988-2009
5 teams: Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Phoenix Coyotes
3 - 100 point seasons with CHI
8th draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, 1988
trails only Mike Modano (543) and Phil Housely (525) for American born players.
513 Goals, 36th all time goal scorer
9 time NHL All Star
2002 Olympic Silver Medal
Two time Olympic medalist (1998 and 2002)
1988, 1989 and 1991 World Championship
1991 Canada Cup
All time scorer in World Junior Championship
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