NHL: Jeremy Roenick Receives Hall of Fame Nod

NHL: Jeremy Roenick Receives Hall of Fame Nod

words_Nick Engvall

San Jose experienced it most recently. Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Chicago did before that. Even Los Angeles had the pleasure of having legendary NHL center Jeremy Roenick as a part of their team over his twenty year hockey career.

US Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee Jeremy Roenick signs autographs for fans.Hockey Roenick was a fan favorite everywhere he played, in large part because of his hustle. From the time he first stepped on to the ice in 1988 for the Chicago Blackhawks, Jeremy Roenick gave his all every shift, until he decided to take off his skates for the final time as a San Jose Shark in 2009. Jeremy Roenick made an impact on American hockey that very few players have ever done.

For me, Roenick created the ultimate confused young hockey fan. Growing up as the Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks fan, yes, both teams, Roenick was somewhat of the best of both worlds as a player you love to hate, and then learn to love. Roenick gave nightmares to the Avalanche in the years when their Colorado era began, and then became the face of the Sharks as his career came to an end. Living as a fan that experienced both dealing with Roenick as an opposing player, and then finding myself cheering for him years later, I can attest to how big he was to the sport of hockey in the United States. He brought a level of excitement that up-and-coming players should aim to bring to the game.

It was announced today that Jeremy Roenick will be honored and inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame in Minnesota later this year.

Roenick’s legacy includes stats like being the third-highest US-born goal scorer (513) in NHL history behind only Mike Modano (557) and Keith Tkachuk (538). Jeremy Roenick’s career with Chicago, one of the Original Six, included 267 goals, leaving him seventh on the Blackhawks all-time goals list.

Over his twenty year career Jeremy Roenick scored 1,216 points in 1,363 games, scoring 513 goals and handing out 703 assists. He was voted onto the All Star team nine times in his career, and in International play, helped the USA National team win a Silver Medal in the 2002 Olympics.

Roenick’s commitment to the sport could be experienced this last season while he was announcing the Chicago Blackhawks ended their Stanley Cup drought, Roenick couldn’t hold back the tears, which once again showed his passion for the sport of hockey that he passed along to fans and aspiring players.

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NHL: Jeremy Roenick Receives Hall of Fame Nod

Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Champions Fan Gear

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Last night the Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks delivered the victory that ended a 49 year absence of the Stanley Cup in the city of Chicago. Blackhawk fans and players past and present are likely still celebrating the victory that seemed to be their destiny this season.

You can order both the 2010 Stanley Cup Champions Chicago Blackhawks hat and tee shirt now to celebrate this unforgettable season for Chicago Blackhawks hockey.

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NHL: Jeremy Roenick Receives Hall of Fame Nod

NHL: The Drought is Over in Chicago

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For 49 years, the Stanley Cup has eluded the city of Chicago, but thanks to an overtime goal by wing-man Patrick Kane, the drought is finally over. Tears of joy from Blackhawks past and present flooded the Windy City last night after Kane put one past Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton. Although for a moment, it seemed Kane himself was the only person in the Wachovia Center that knew it went in the net. Despite the lack of light in the lamp, Kane’s celebration was too pure to leave any doubt that the Blackhawks had finally done it.

A Stanley Cup Championship is an emotional victory regardless of the circumstances, but for Chicago, there is more to it than many could imagine. Expectations for this young and talented team have been high since the beginning of the season, and in a city that loves hockey, that sometimes can be a heavier burden than hoisting the Stanley Cup above your head.

Tears from fans, current players, and legends of the Chicago Blackhawks history could have easily over flowed the Stanley Cup last night. From one of the greatest of all time, Bobby Hull, the last to win a Stanley Cup for the Blackhawks, watching from Chicago, to the last to feel the heavy burden of falling short of hoisting the Cup in 1992, long-time Blackhawk Jeremy Roenick, the emotions from players past proves the passion put in to Chicago Blackhawks history.

The Blackhawks didn’t win it easily, this year’s Cinderella story, the Philadelphia Flyers pushed the fairy tale story past midnight and into overtime. In the end, despite an incredible fight to bring them from one goal away from missing the playoffs, it wasn’t meant to be for the Flyers because this year the Stanley Cup was meant for the city of Chicago, the Blackhawks, and their fans.

NHL: Jeremy Roenick Receives Hall of Fame Nod

NHL: Flyers Put Up a Fight at Home

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The Flyers refuse to give up.

A team full of character and determination, they’ve completed unbelievable comebacks, and played¬† on the edge of summer vacation for what seems to be the entire Stanley Cup Playoffs.

With the Chicago Blackhawks cornering them, appearing to be headed for another back against the wall situation, it took overtime, but Philadelphia prevailed.

Using what baseball refuses to use, instant replay, the Stanley Cup Playoffs moved a level up on the excitement meter. For the Flyers, one call went their way thanks to the replay, the other left them on the line. A line they would cross just a few minutes later.

Just six minutes into overtime, Claude Giroux scored the game winner on a redirect to give the Flyers their first win in the series, a series in which each game has been determined by a single goal.

Though the game was close on paper, the Philadelphia fans were clearly influential. With the highest number of fans in attendance (20,297) to ever watch a game in Philadelphia, the crowd not only helped the Flyers but created an atmosphere that made watching from home equally exciting.

With game 4 taking place on Friday in Philadelphia once again, the Flyers will have an opportunity to even up the series before it heads back to Chicago, as well as an opportunity to show fans why hockey is one of the most exciting professional sports to watch.

You can see game 4 on Versus at 8pm EST.

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NHL: Jeremy Roenick Receives Hall of Fame Nod

NHL: Blackhawks & Flyers Battle For the Cup

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The Chicago Blackhawks haven’t won a Stanley Cup title since 1961. No team in the NHL has a current streak longer than that. On the eve of their first game in the Stanley Cup Finals since 1992, the Blackhawks are preparing for their next feat, win just four more games to bring the coveted Stanley Cup home to Chicago.

The only team that stands in their way is the Philadelphia Flyers, a team that despite being an underdog, will probably offer the Blackhawks their toughest competition of the post season.

The Philadelphia Flyers have had their backs against the wall since even before the playoffs began. Edging their way into the playoffs, and then becoming only the second team in professional sports in the last half decade to come from a 3-0 deficit and win a playoff series.

With nearly every analyst in the¬† hockey community saying that the Flyers can’t do it, Philadelphia, like they have all throughout this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, will put up a fight like no other.

Whether the Blackhawks will be able to beat the Flyers will depend on whether Philadelphia can snap their current power play drought, where they have been scoreless in their last 12 opportunities. Whether or not the Flyers snap out of their power play struggles, these two teams will be well rested and ready for game one on Saturday evening in the Windy City.

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