San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed Group III unrestricted free agent center Jeremy Roenick to a one-year contract.
“Jeremy Roenick is a tremendous competitor and he has a great love for the game of hockey,” said Wilson. “We feel he can add something to our talented group of players on our club and we feel that this is an environment where Jeremy can be successful.”
Roenick spent the 2006-07 season with the Phoenix Coyotes, where he was tied-for-fifth on the team in scoring with 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists).
“I’m very thankful for this opportunity to play for the San Jose Sharks,” said Roenick. “They have a great team and I look forward to helping this group compete for the Stanley Cup.”
The nine-time NHL All-Star enters the 2007-08 season just five goals shy of 500 and would become just the third U.S.-born player to achieve the feat (Joe Mullen and Mike Modano).
In 1252 NHL games with Chicago, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, Roenick has posted 1170 points (495 goals, 675 assists), along with 1413 penalty minutes and a +162 plus/minus rating.
Among all players in NHL history, Roenick ranks in the top 50 in goals (41st) and points (T-44th) and is 51st in assists.
All-time among all U.S.-born players, Roenick ranks third in points, third in goals and fifth in assists. He is the only player in NHL history to lead his team in goals, assists, points and penalty minutes in two different seasons (1999-00, 2000-01 with Phoenix).
Roenick, 37, was originally selected in the first round (8th overall) in 1988 NHL Entry Draft by Chicago.