Jan 26, 2014; New York City, NY, USA; NHL former playerJeremy Roenick
skates with youngsters on a miniature rink before the Stadium Series hockey game between the New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
We’re counting the days until the Chicago Blackhawks 2014 Season kicks off. We’re doing a Top 100 list of all time Chicago Blackhawks. It’s a fun way to pass the time and take a stroll down Memory Lane as we head towards opening night on October 9th in Dallas.
Jeremy Roenick (1988-1995)
Game Winning Goals-38
Game Winning Goals-8
Jeremy Roenick was probably my second favorite Blackhawks player growing up after Al Secord because they both played the same game although Roenick was far better offensively gifted. Roenick was reckless on the ice throwing his body at anybody from the other team while scoring the goal to beat them. He had a huge personality and he became one of the greatest fan favorites of all-time in Chicago and it was heartbreaking when he left.
Roenick was the perfect player for Mike Keenan to mold and they both were successful because of it while in Chicago. Roenick was an offensive machine and is only one of three Blackhawks to ever score 50 goals in a season and he also recorded 3 straight 100 point seasons starting in 1991.
Roenick was a vital member of the 1991 team that won the President’s Trophy for the best record in the NHL only to fall apart against the Minnesota North Stars in the opening round, but they were able to rebound and reach the Stanley Cup Finals the following season only to get swept by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Roenick like Chris Chelios would have numbers retired and a statue outside of the United Center if he had played his entire career with the Blackhawks, but when you look at it Roenick played only 1/3 of his career with the Hawks but they were some really great seasons to be a Blackhawks fan watching a young Jeremy Roenick on the ice.
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Roenick was highly emotional in the NBC booth after the Hawks won the 2010 Stanley Cup and it makes you remember what a great Blackhawks player J.R. was!
What’s your favorite memory of Jeremy Roenick?? What do you think too low for J.R.?
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