- Last Updated: March 5, 2015
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, or JR as many call him, amassed 513 goals and 703 assists in 1,363 games.