Athlete Number 97 - Jeremy Roenick

J.R., Jeremy Roenick, is the best professional athlete to ever wear the number 97. (Nice to get a few hockey guys in here with all the NFL guys wearing these high numbers!) Roenick has had a long and very productive career in the NHL. He began in 1988 with the Chicago Blackhawks (where he wore number 27,) after being taken eighth overall in the NHL draft.

Roenick played eight years for the Blackhawks, before moving over to the Phoenix Coyotes, and wearing number 97, in 1996. Roenick stayed with the Coyotes for five years before moving to the East Coast with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2000. He bounced out to L.A. with the Kings in 2005 and was back in Phoenix as of 2006-2007.

In Roenick's NHL career through the end of the 2006-2007 season, he has posted 1,170 points, 495 goals and 675 assists. He's also been a very physical player over his career as evidenced by his career penalty minutes total of 1,413. He has also been productive in the post-season, totalling 116 points in the playoffs. Jeremy Roenick is hands-down the best athlete to lace up a pair of hockey skates and an NHL jersey with the number 97 on it.

Did you know.....Roenick is originally from Boston, Mass.?

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  1. Anonymous2:59 AM

    In the twilight of his career, Roenick is the strongest member of my San Jose Sharks.

    The man continues to be great.

  2. Anonymous7:23 PM

    He is also the funniest, most engaging athelete interview I've ever seen.

  3. Anonymous7:01 PM

    Jeremy Roenick was certainly the best pro athelete to wear #97. Now my daughter wears #97 in his honour and the greatness continues!

  4. Anonymous8:55 PM

    hes acctually from hingham mass

  5. As much as I want to go with a hockey player my nod would go to Bryant Young. Glover and Bennett were stellar as well.

    Bryant Young
    * 4× Pro Bowl selection (1996, 1999, 2001, 2002)
    Super Bowl champion (XXIX)
    NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
    1994 UPI NFL-NFC Rookie of the Year
    1999 NFL Comeback Player of the Year
    Young had 89.5 career sacks in his 14 year career

    La' Roi Glover
    NFC Defensive Player of the Year (2000)
    6× Pro Bowl selection (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
    1× First-Team All-Pro selection (2000)
    2× Second-Team All-Pro selection (2002 , 2003)
    Led NFL with 17 sacks in 2000
    NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
    Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
    Tackles 320 Sacks 83.5 Interceptions 2

    Cornelius Bennett
    Tackles 1,190
    Sacks 71.5
    Interceptions 7
    Stats at
    Career highlights and awards
    NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
    AFC Defensive Player of the Year (1988)
    5× Pro Bowl selection (1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993)
    3× First-team All-Pro selection (1988, 1991, 1992)
    3× All-America (1984, 1985, 1986)
    1986 SEC Player of the Year
    1986 Lombardi Award
    Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

  6. Anonymous10:05 AM

    I agree with this selection. JR is my all-time favorite hockey player. #27, is how I will always remember him.

  7. Anonymous12:05 PM

    He is the greatest American Hockey Player in NHL history. Yes he wore #27 but he made #97 look even better.


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