News: NHL All-Pro Jeremy Roenick Retires After 20 Seasons

Michael WagnerSenior Analyst IAugust 4, 2009

SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 22:  Jeremy Roenick #27 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates scoring a goalvagainst the Calgary Flames in the second period during game seven of the 2008 NHL conference quarter-final series on April 22, 2008 at HP Pavilion at San Jose in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Today it has been reported that center Jeremy Roenick will retire from the National Hockey League after 20 seasons.

Roenick ends his career with 513 goals and 1216 points which places him 39th all-time in NHL scoring.

Roenick was the eighth pick overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1988 and was one of the most prolific scorers of the early 90's, leading the Chicago Blackhawks to their last Stanley Cup appearance in 1992.

In eight seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks Roenick scored 596 points and was a fan favorite with his mix of grit and finesse.

After eight amazing seasons with the Blackhawks, he was surprisingly traded in August of 1996 to the Phoenix Coyotes, in which is career would never be the same, only scoring more than 75 points once in the final 12 seasons in which he played for the Coyotes, Flyers, Kings, and Sharks.

Since the NHL lockout, Roenick was seen as more of a bottom six guy that brought a veteran presence to the lineup with only 96 points in 239 games.

But let us not dwell on the final season of Roenick's career, Roenick was a prolific scorer in his prime recording three 100 point seasons and two 50 goal seasons.

Even though his career is over, I know I will always remember him as one of the greatest Chicago Blackhawks of all-time and one of the greatest American forwards of all-time.