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by Paul on 08/05/09 at 03:02 PM ET
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
Sure, Roenick polarizes people in hockey circles to a degree few other NHLers have in the league’s history. Even the THN offices has its share of J.R.-loathers; when we caught wind of his looming announcement last week, there weren’t many tears being shed for a player whose best on-ice years ended when his stint as a Philadelphia Flyer did in 2004.
But focusing on the guy’s theatrics and dismissing his contributions because you believe all hockey players ought to be brainless drones with zippers for mouth-holes is a convenient way to overlook the stunning array of on-ice achievements that should make Roenick a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame one day.
In his heyday with the Chicago Blackhawks, Roenick put up two 50-goal seasons and three 100-plus point campaigns. He played in nine all-star games, two Olympic tournaments, one Canada Cup and one World Cup. He retires as the league’s third-best American-born amasser of both goals (513) and points (1,216) and is the NHL’s 39th-best point-producer of all time.
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