Jeremy Roenick on the best celebrity golfer, the new NHL season, and why he'd love to play in a pro event
October 10, 2018
NHL: Chicago Blackhawks (1988-96), Phoenix Coyotes (1996-2001, 2006-07), Philadelphia Flyers (2001-04), Los Angeles Kings (2005-06), San Jose Sharks (2007-09)
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
Born: January 17, 1970
A nine-time NHL All-Star and two-time U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team member, Jeremy Roenick was one of hockey’s top American-born players on both the professional and international stage.
A native of Boston, Roenick spent two seasons (1986-88) at Thayer Academy in Braintree, Mass., leading the team to two high school state championships. He represented the United States as a member of the 1988 U.S. National Junior Team, before being drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks eighth overall out of high school in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.
The following year, Roenick again competed on the international stage, as a member of the 1989 U.S National Junior Team, before jumping directly into the Chicago Blackhawks lineup after having just turned 19.
Roenick made his first of nine NHL All-Star Game appearances in 1991. At the conclusion of the season, he played in his first and only International Ice Hockey Federation World Men’s Championship as part of the 1991 U.S. Men’s National Team. Roenick would also compete for Team USA at the 1991 Canada Cup.
Shortly thereafter, he put up more than 100 points for three straight seasons (1991-94). In 1992, Roenick helped Chicago reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1973, and recorded 18 points in 20 playoff games. He then led the Blackhawks with 107 points in both the 1992-93 (50-57) and 1993-94 (46-61) seasons.
After eight years with Chicago, Roenick played five seasons (1996-2001) with the Phoenix Coyotes, where he became the only player in league history to lead his team in goals, assists, points and penalty minutes in two different seasons (1999-00, 2000-01).
Roenick reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of his first 12 NHL seasons and went on to appear in 154 playoff games, posting 122 points (53-69). Six times in his career he played in a game seven of a Stanley Cup Playoff series and his six goals in those game sevens represent the second-most in NHL history.
He was named to the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team that competed at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, and earned a silver medal with the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Altogether, Roenick recorded 23 goals and 25 assists while wearing a Team USA sweater in international competition.
Roenick spent the final seven years of his playing days with the Philadelphia Flyers (2001-2004), the Los Angeles Kings (2005-06), the Coyotes (2006-07) and the San Jose Sharks (2007-09), and finished his career as the second highest American-born goal scorer in NHL history.
In total, Roenick amassed 513 goals and 703 assists in 1,363 games.
Inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010 along with Derian Hatcher, who broke Roenick's jaw in four places during the 1998-99 season.
On April 11, 2007, Roenick made his debut as a Stanley Cup playoffs hockey analyst on TSN, a cable sports broadcast network in Canada. In 2007, Roenick 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 Roenick not signed with the San Jose Sharks.
In October 2009, TSN's Off the Record announced an agreement that has Roenick appearing on the show as a regular contributor. Roenick's recurring segment has been named Oh JR! with Jeremy Roenick.
Roenick 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. In the post-game show of the Canada-Russia quarterfinal, Milbury said that Russia brought their "Eurotrash game." Co-host Bill Patrick asked Milbury, "Did you really say 'Eurotrash'? Did that come out of your mouth?" Roenick's face showed his surprise as he said, "I heard it. I heard it." Roenick was also an analyst for NBC during the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, where, after his two former teams the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers battled for the Stanley Cup, he became overwhelmed emotionally, barely holding back tears and addressing the victorious Blackhawks organization and their fans by saying, "For the kid who was there in 1992 who was crying when I came off the ice in after we lost Game 4 at Chicago Stadium — you waited 18 years. I hope you have a big smile on your face. Congratulations." When pressed further about his emotional state, Roenick appeared to have trouble putting his emotions into words and simply replied, "I’m proud, I’m happy. I’m proud."
Roenick 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$$. Roenick also gained pop culture notoriety when Vince Vaughn referenced him in the 1996 film Swingers. While Vaughn's character plays a hockey video game in the movie, he says to his opponent, "Y'know, it's not so much me as Roenick; he's good ...". When asked about if he had ever talked to Vaughn about the line in the film, Roenick said, "Yeah, he was actually a big fan of mine because he used to watch the games. He told me he put me in that movie totally out of respect. And everything he does, he tries to involve me with it. In Wedding Crashers, his fake name was Jeremy in the movie. That was pretty cool. He's a big fan of mine and a great dude. Great guy."