SAN JOSE, Calif. – USA Hockey announced today that former San Jose Sharks center Jeremy Roenick will be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame on Oct. 21 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y.
Along with Roenick, the 2010 US Hockey Hall of Fame class will include coach and executive Art Berglund, defensemen and brothers Kevin and Derian Hatcher, and long-time physician for USA Hockey Dr. V. George Nagobads.
Roenick crafted a legacy as one of the best players to ever play the game. He left the game of hockey ranked 36th on the NHL’s all-time goals list with 513, 48th on the all-time assist list (703) and tied for 39th on the NHL’s all-time points list (1,216). Among U.S.-born players, he’s third in goals and points, and sixth in assists. He also ranks fourth in all-time games played by a U.S.-born player (1,363).
In his two seasons as a member of the San Jose Sharks organization, Roenick notched some of the most memorable milestones of his NHL career, including his unforgettable 500th NHL goal on Nov. 10, 2007 vs. Phoenix. He also skated in his 1,300th NHL game on Feb. 9, 2008 at Nashville, posted his 1,200th career point on March 28, 2008 at Anaheim and collected his 700th NHL assist on Feb. 21, 2009 vs. Atlanta.
The former first round selection of the Chicago Blackhawks in 1988 (eighth overall) played with Chicago, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and San Jose. His 1,363 games rank him 40th all-time on the NHL’s games played list.
The nine-time NHL All-Star is 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 with Phoenix).
In 154 Stanley Cup Playoff games, Roenick posted 122 points (53 goals, 69 assists) and 115 penalty minutes. He appeared in the 1992 Stanley Cup Finals with Chicago.
In his six career Game Seven’s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Roenick has six goals, tying him for second-most in NHL history, along with Wayne Gretzky, Wendell Clark and Trevor Linden. Only Glenn Anderson (seven) has more.
Roenick also established a tremendous career representing Team USA on the International stage. He was a member of the U.S. teams at the 1998 and 2002 (silver medal) Olympic Games, 1991 Canada Cup, World Championships (1991) and World Junior Championships (1988 and 1989).
The only thing that could match Roenick’s appeal on the ice was his image off the ice. Known as one of the game’s greatest ambassadors, Roenick is beloved by fans for his leave-it-all-on-the-ice mentality and his willingness to sign autographs or spend a few minutes chatting. Members of the media knew “J.R.” was their go-to guy win, lose or otherwise.
Never one to shy away from speaking his mind, Roenick was one of the few NHL players to transcend their personality to mediums outside the hockey and sporting worlds, including pursuing an acting career, launching a successful fashion line, Muze Clothing, and his own website www.roenicklife.com
He was immortalized in the world of pop-culture in the 1996 movie “Swingers,” which featured the character of Trent, played by Vince Vaughn, pummeling his friend at SEGA’s NHL ‘94 video game, saying, ”It’s not even so much me as it is Roenick, he’s good.”