Although the now ex-Sharks center may be hanging up the skates after 20 National Hockey League seasons, J.R.’s naturally waltzing into his next endeavor: vying for a spot on the hit television show “Dancing with the Stars.”
ABC has been in contact with Roenick about being a contestant, but he remains mum on any commitment he’s made to dance in their ninth season, which premieres Sept. 21.
“We have been in touch with them numerous times and I’ve heard they’re looking forward to having a hockey player on because they’ve never had one,” Roenick said shortly after his press conference on Thursday. “They’ve had skaters, but not a hockey player.
“You saw me dance --- with skates on. Imagine what I can do without skates on.”
But what about the spray tans and sequined spandex? The 39-year-old’s response matched his rock star personality. “I look good in sequins,” he said as he walked out of HP Pavilion to sign autographs for fans waiting outside The Grill.
A starring role on a dancing TV show seems fitting for a man who has soaked up the spotlight in San Jose. For the past two years, Sharks fans have watched him enjoy some of his best career highlights; becoming the third American to score 500 goals, notching his 700th assist and leading the Sharks to a Game Seven victory over the Calgary Flames in the 2008 Western Conference Quarterfinals.
And while he’s walking away from the game he loves, he’ll be returning to another one he cherishes: golf. This past March, Roenick purchased the Pembroke Country Club --- a course he grew up playing in Pembroke, Mass. --- and plans to make it his home away from home.
“Golf is going to be an everyday thing,” Roenick said. “I live about two miles from my golf course. I’ll be there every day and I’m still trying to win that celebrity tournament --- which I should have won this year.” (Roenick was referring to the annual American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament in Lake Tahoe.)
Roenick has other opportunities waiting for him. An energy drink called Verve has teamed up with the nine-time All Star to promote their product and a major insurance firm has offered Roenick a partnership with their company. All the while, Roenick will continue to grow his clothing line, Muze and his website, Roenicklife.com. He’ll also pursue a broadcasting career that will allow him to voice his opinion and stay close to hockey.
No matter where J.R. decides to take his talents, his fans will follow.
“The E-mails I get on my website are staggering,” Roenick said. “It makes me feel like I’ve made a difference.”
And according to Roenick, that makes his career complete.