October 17, 2019
- Last Updated: October 18, 2019
Jeremy Roenick began playing hockey at the age of four when the parents of a playmate persuaded Roenick's 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. Roenick started his career playing for several years as a squirt and pee wee in Ridgefield, CT. 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. | Read More
Chicago Blackhawks (1988 - 1996)
Roenick made his NHL debut with the Chicago Blackhawks on October 6, 1988 against the New York Rangers and scored his first goal on February 14, 1989 against the Minnesota North Stars.
In 20 games at the NHL level his rookie season, Roenick scored 18 points. In the playoffs, he helped the Blackhawks reach the Conference Finals. During the playoffs that season, Roenick gave the Chicago fans a glimpse of what kind of player he would later become. | Read More
Phoenix Coyotes (1996 - 2001 and 2006 - 2007)
On August 16, 1996, Roenick was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for Alexei Zhamnov and Craig Mills. As the number 27 he wore in Chicago was already worn by (and would eventually be retired for) Teppo Numminen, Roenick chose number 97, becoming the first player in NHL history to wear number 97. | Read More
Philadelphia Flyers (2001 - 2005)
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 AtlanticDivision title. | Read More
Los Angeles Kings (2005 - 2006)
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 season with the Kings was greatly disappointing, both for Roenick and for the team. He managed 22 points in 58 games, his lowest total since he scored 18 points in 20 games in his rookie season. | Read More
San Jose Sharks (2007 - 2009)
On September 4, 2007, it was confirmed that Roenick had signed a one-year, $500,000 deal with the San Jose Sharks, to fill the role of checking line center. Roenick has credited Sharks general manager Doug Wilson, his former roommate when they played together in Chicago, with giving him another chance at hockey.
After his low scoring campaign in Phoenix, there was speculation Roenick would retire. On July 4, 2007, The Philadelphia Inquirer had reported that Roenick sent them a text message announcing his retirement from the NHL This was later explained as a misunderstanding. Roenick retired in 2009 after his second season with the Sharks. | Read More