Friday, August 7, 2009
An American Great Bids Tearful Good-Bye
Jeremy Roenick, one of the most dynamic (and at times, controversial) American-born stars to ever play in the NHL, bid a tearful farewell yesterday to the sport he loves so much. As JR officially made his announcement to hang up the skates for good, he was hailed by fellow NHL greats Mike Modano, Chris Chelios (who apparently has no plans to retire at the tender age of 47) and Sharks GM Doug Wilson.
Hockey fans around the world will certainly miss JR's on and off-ice abilities and most would love to see him contribute his love for the game in the television arena (he'd sure add some spice as he's never been one to mince words). Turns out JR has some local ties as well, sometime during his illustrious youth hockey career he spent some time with the Washington Little Caps organization.
So let's raise our glasses a make a farewell toast to an American great as he rides off into the sunset...or onto the set of Versus' Hockey Central.