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A Bittersweet Reflection on Jeremy Roenick’s Retirement

Arguably the greatest American-born hockey player retired about three weeks ago, and there are two reasons I have not spoken on this sooner:

1. I am adjusting to a new job, and lack the time and energy to do enough writing.

2. It is so hard to figure out what to say about a player of his magnitude.

When Roenick first broke into the league, I was not following the NHL. The professional team in my area was the Milwaukee Admirals, who remained the highest-drawing minor league team as recently as a couple years ago.

But the nearest NHL team was the Chicago Blackhawks. Roenick’s immediate impact on that team (nine goals, nine assists in 20 games) made enough waves to radiate to my life more than 100 mil...

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