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Roenick says Sharks will be his last NHL team

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TSN.ca Staff
2/26/2009 4:30:57 PM
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Jeremy Roenick knows his days in the National Hockey League are numbered.

The outspoken San Jose Sharks forward is 39-years-old and can see a time in the near future when he will retire.

While Roenick explained he does not want to close the door on anything, he certainly has his plans set out and says the Sharks will be his last team. At the end of the season, he will speak to general manager Doug Wilson and if his former teammate with the Chicago Blackhawks tells him it is time, Roenick will hang up his skates.

"I'm going to rely mostly on Doug Wilson and his opinion and then I'll make my decision from there," he told TSN on Thursday. "I'm having a lot of fun and I'm feeling pretty good I still be effective in a lot of things I do. And if I win the Cup then I can tell you right now I will be done."

And while a good friend and former teammate is playing well into his 40's, the always-entertaining Roenick says he will not be following suit.

"Hell no, shoot me," he said. "I had dinner with Chris Chelios the other day and I said I don't know how he is still playing in the game now. That is eight years from where I am right now. That's unbelievable to me, knowing the type of pounding I put my body through for 20 years. And now at 39, it's like pushing the envelope at this point, so not a chance."

Roenick has 512 goals and 1,212 points over his NHL career and admitted it was a bit of a transition to accept a lesser role in recent years. 

"It took me a couple of years before I threw my ego under the rug and just enjoyed being a role player,” he explained. "Just being a guy who could help the young guys out. I'm really comfortable in that, I really enjoy it."

With his career nearing its conclusion, Roenick decided to take his family on the Sharks' current Eastern Conference road swing.

"I want my son to see the Canadian cities and experience what it's like to watch a game in a Canadian barn,” he told TSN. "I want him to see Montreal, I want him to see Ottawa, this building here. I think it's important, he's a big hockey fan and I don't think you get the real gist of how important, how great hockey is until you see it in a Canadian city and I wanted him to see that."

When asked what he might do following his NHL career and if he would consider trying his hand at acting again, Roenick provided a true "J.R." reply.

"Acting?" he said. "Buddy, I have been acting for 20 years. I have guys fooled left right and centre."

Jeremy Roenick (Photo: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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