GLENDALE, Ariz. – Before a standing-room only crowd packed with Phoenix Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks fans, Jeremy Roenick entered the Coyotes Ring of Honor on Saturday – but not before coming up with one more stunning effort on the ice.
He held his acceptance speech to less than the allotted four minutes.
Roenick joined former Coyotes teammates Keith Tkachuk and Teppo Numminen on the ring high above Jobing.com Arena and was presented with an array of gifts – including the special mask attachment he wore to protect his broken jaw in Game 7 of the postseason series against the St. Louis Blues.
Roenick thanked "everyone in the state of Arizona for making us proud to be Phoenix Coyote," and reminded the current players to "wear that crest with pride."
He talked about the electric atmosphere of White Out playoff games at then-America West Arena in downtown Phoenix and how much he reveled in the chance to play for the Coyotes followers.
"Arizona has plenty of great hockey fans and you going to keep the team here. It shouldn't go anywhere. We'll show them," he said.
Videos featuring testimonials from former teammates Greg Adams, Dallas Drake, Craig Janney, as well as Numminen and Tkachuk, were shown before Roenick's name was placed next to his good friend and running mate Tkachuk on the ring.
"I'll be next to that guy forever now. Thanks a lot," he quipped.
Obviously a lot happened in a short period of time. At the end of the day, considering everything I went through, I really felt close to my teammates and I really feel like what we accomplished, I know we didn't win it all. ... I'm really proud of how we got there and what we did once we got there.
— Rangers forward Martin St. Louis to Jim Cerny of BlueshirtsUnited.com