On Thursday night, Jeremy Roenick became a member of the US Hockey Hall of Fame.
Roenick is one of the more colorful characters to play in Chicago, and the entire NHL, in the last 25 years. The Hawks selected Roenick with the 8th overall pick in the 1988 Draft after his junior year in high school, and he made his NHL debut the following season. He played 524 games for the Blackhawks from 1988-1996, and replaced Steve Larmer and Denis Savard as the face of the franchise.
Here is where Roenick ranks in some statistical categories in the history of the Blackhawks:
- 596 points – 8th
- 267 goals – 7th
- 329 assists – 11th
- +117 – 7th
- 108 power play goals – 2nd
- 19 short-handed goals – 3rd (tied with Larmer)
- 38 game-winning goals – 4th
In his Chicago career, Roenick would also play in 154 postseason games, scoring 53 goals and adding 69 assists (122 points). In July of 2009, The Hockey News ranked Roenick 8th on their list of the Top Ten American-Born Hockey Players; other lists, including one on ESPN.com in 2007 have ranked Roenick as high as the top-five.
For more on JR, check out our retrospective published for his Heritage Night during the 2009-10 season.