Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Report: Roenick to retire

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, forward Jeremy Roenick, he of 495 goals and 1170 points in 1252 games played with the Chicago Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings is set to announce his retirement later today.

And so ends the career of one of the most talented American-born players this sport has ever seen. Although known almost as much for his various off-ice antics (i.e., dancing on Staples Center ice after Luc Robitaille's final game in Los Angeles, embracing Comcast chairman Ed Snider after signing with the Flyers in 2001, often singing along with music playing on arena sound systems and much, much more), Roenick's career was stellar, highlited by his eclipse of the 100-point barrier in three consecutive seasons with the Blackhawks and it's regrettable that such a great player was never able to win a Stanley Cup. Although his final two seasons were largely forgettable, there's no doubt in my mind Roenick should, if not as a first-balloter, enter the Hall of Fame at some point in the future.

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