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Give us your thoughts on the career of Jeremy Roenick

TSN.ca Staff

8/6/2009 2:50:18 PM

One of the NHL's most outspoken players has called it quits as Jeremy Roenick announced his retirement this afternoon.

Over his 20-season career, Roenick frequently found himself in the spotlight, sometimes for his play, other times for his numerous sound bites.   

He is one of the most charismatic athletes of his generation, but does he belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1st Round (8th overall) of the 1988 Entry Draft, the 39-year-old has scored 513 goals (36th on the NHL's all-time list) and 703 assists (48th) for 1,216 points (tied for 39th). Roenick's best statistical seasons came with the Blackhawks in the early 1990's: 91-92 (53 G, 50 A, 103 Pts), 92-93 (50-57-107), 93-94 (46-61-107).

Following his stint in Chicago, he spent time with the Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings and finally the San Jose Sharks.

He was selected for the NHL All-Star game on nine occasions and won a Silver Medal with Team USA at the 2002 Winter Olympics. 

For all of his accomplishments on the ice, however, the Boston native seemed to grab more attention for his personality. Roenick always had something to say about hockey's hot button topics and was not above clowning around to get a laugh from teammates, opponents and fans. Love him or hate him, "JR Superstar" has always been entertaining.

There was the legendary exchange where he poked fun at Colorado Avalanche Patrick Roy, saying the star goaltender needed to adjust his "jock strap" after Roenick scored on him in the 1996 playoffs.

To his credit, Roy got the better of the exchange after being informed of the comment by saying, "I cannot hear what Jeremy says because I've got my two Stanley Cup rings plugging my ears."

Roenick grabbed headlines with the Flyers after throwing a water bottle onto the ice in the direction of referee Blaine Angus. He was upset because no call was made after he was cut badly by a high-stick from Rory Fitzpatrick in a game against the Buffalo Sabres.

He also did a dance on the ice after a game at Staples Centre to celebrate Luc Robitaille's final game.

Roenick has had a memorable career, but is he one of the all-time greats? Give us your thoughts on JR's career and his Hall of Fame chances using the Your Call feature below.

Roenick will take part in the "Up Front" feature interview with Michael Landsberg on TSN's Off The Record (today at 6pm et/3pm pt) and the Best of JR will be the focus of the Top-10 on SportsCentre (6:30pm et/3:30pm pt, 10pm et/7pm pt and 2am et/11pm pt).