August 5, 2009

Goodbye, J.R… again

by Dan Bilicki In: Ice Hockey

It seemed like I had written this story before and, in fact, I had, two years ago. But this time, Jeremy Roenick, a personal favourite, is hanging up his skates for good this time.

The San Jose Sharks centre won’t be back for a 21st season and will walk away from ice hockey without getting chance to hoist the Stanley Cup, a real tragedy. Roenick finishes his career with 513 goals and 1216 points, making him 39th all-time in points and third among American-born players. Roenick was one of the best play-makers of his time and used his speed, skill and awareness to create some great goals.

The big question now, for those whom it concerns, is: Will the Hall beckon for Roenick? He does have a fine resume and was a very likable figure in the media. He played great at both ends of the ice and his career certainly had the longevity that a true candidate requires. The biggest knocks against him is that he didn’t win a Cup or any major awards.

So now, let the network bidding war begin. Roenick will certainly go on to become one of the best on-air personalities there is. If he doesn’t shake up that business, I don’t know who could.

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