Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Roenick has played for the National Hockey League's Chicago Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, and Los Angeles Kings. He was drafted in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, 1st Round, 8th Overall by Chicago. His best seasons were 1992-93 and 1993-94 when he had 107 points each.
Jeremy Roenick was drafted eighth overall in the 1988 Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. He made his NHL debut that year on October 6 against the Rangers and then scored his first goal on February 14 against the North Stars. In 20 games at the NHL level, Jeremy scored 18 points. In the playoffs, he helped the Blackhawks reach the second round. In 1989-90, Jeremy joined the Blackhawks full-time and helped the team improve 22 points to win the Norris Division season title. He scored 26 goals and 66 points. This time in the playoffs, Jeremy helped the Blackhawks reach the Campbell Conference finals before losing to the Oilers. Jeremy had 18 points in 20 games.
In 1990-91, Jeremy paced the team with ten game-winning goals as they improved another 18 points to win the Presidents' Trophy. Jeremy finished second on the team with 41 goals, 53 assists and 94 points and played in his first mid-season All-Star Game. In six playoff games, he scored eight points. The following year, Jeremy paced the team with 53 goals, 50 assists and 103 points and played in his second All-Star Game. While the team dropped to second in the Norris Division during the regular season, they marched all the way to the Stanley Cup final in the playoffs. Jeremy scored 22 points in 18 games as the team captured the Clarence Campbell Bowl over the Oilers before losing to the Penguins in the final round.
In 1992-93, Jeremy led the Blackhawks with 50 goals, 107 points and 22 power-play goals as the team improved 19 points to win their third Norris Division title in four years (47 wins, 106 points). During the season, Jeremy played in his third All-Star Game. In the playoffs, he scored three points in four games. At year's end, he ranked tenth on The Hockey News' Top-25 Players list. In 1993-94, Jeremy again led his team in goals (46), points (107) and power-play goals (career high 24) as the Blackhawks fell back 19 points in the standings. He led the team with a +21 plus/minus rating and career highs in assists (61), short-handed goals (five) and shots (281) and played in his his fourth mid-season All-Star Game. In the post-season, he scored seven points in six playoff games. At year's end, he ranked tenth on The Hockey News' Top-40 Players list. He also won the Chicago Sports Profiles Humanitarian of the Year Award.
In the shortened 1994-95 season, Jeremy scored 34 points in 33 games. He missed 15 games with a bruised tibia. He played eight games in the playoffs as the Blackhawks reached the Western Conference final. In 1995-96, Jeremy scored 67 points in 66 games before missing the last 11 games with a sprained ankle. At year's end, he was the team's leader with 32 goals.
On August 16, 1996, Jeremy was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for Alexei Zhamnov and Craig Mills. In his first season with his new team, Jeremy scored 29 goals and 69 points. In 1997-98, he finished second on the team with 56 points. In 1998-99, Jeremy led the Coyotes with 72 points and played in his fifth All-Star Game. He also knocked 154 hits. In 1999-2000, Jeremy again led the Coyotes in scoring, this time racking up 34 goals and 78 points. He tallied 125 hits on the season and played in his sxith All-Star Game. In 2000-01, Jeremy led the Coyotes with 30 goals and 76 points. He played 80 games and knocked 133 hits.
On July 2, 2001, Jeremy signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers. In his first season with the Flyers, Jeremy won both the Bobby Clarke (MVP) and Yanick Dupré (Class Guy) team awards. He led the team with 46 assists, 67 points, and a +32 plus/minus rating as the Flyers won the Atlantic Division title. On January 30, he scored his 1,000th NHL point in a match against the Senators. Three nights later, he played in the mid-season All-Star Game. In the playoffs, Jeremy played five games in an opening-round loss to the Senators.
In 2002-03, Jeremy led the Flyers with 27 goals and 59 points as the team won 45 games and finished second in the Atlantic Division. Jeremy also co-led the Flyers with 32 assists and eight power-play goals. On November 16, he played in his 1,000th NHL game. In February, he played in the mid-season All-Star Game. In the playoffs, he scored eight points in 13 games as the Flyers reached the second round before losing to the Senators.
In 2003-04, Jeremy was limited to 62 games, but still scored 47 points as the Flyers won their third division title in five years. Jeremy finished second on the team with a .76 points-per-game average. Jeremy missed more than a month of hockey with a concussion before returning with less than two weeks left in the season. On Dec. 16, Jeremy scored his 1,100th NHL point. Two weeks later on Dec. 30, he scored two goals and an assist in his 1,100th NHL game, a 7-2 win over the Blues. In the playoffs, Jeremy helped the Flyers reach the Eastern Conference final before losing to the Lightning. In the second round against the Maple Leafs, he scored the series-clinching overtime goal in game six.
Roenick returned to the Coyotes on July 4, 2006.
In the 1996 Western Conference semi-finals between the Colorado Avalanche and the Chicago Blackhawks, Roenick said, "I'd like to know where Patrick was in Game 3 (a game in which Roenick had scored on Patrick Roy), probably up trying to get his jock out of the rafters." Roy retorted with his now-famous line, "I cannot really hear what Jeremy says because I've got my two Stanley Cup rings plugging my ear."
Roenick also made several humorous comments about Eastern Conference teammate Dany Heatley, who would be picked as Most Valuable Player of the 2003 NHL All-Star Game. Watching Heatley's splendid talents from the bench, and in awe of someone so young, the then 33-year-old Roenick said into a microphone he was wearing, "You're not supposed to pull stuff like that at 22." After Heatley scored another goal off a feed from Jaromir Jagr and Olli Jokinen, and noticing Heatley's missing tooth, Roenick said to the young star in relation to his smile, "The good thing is that you're gonna win that truck. The bad thing is you're gonna be smiling all day on TV and I don't really think that's that pretty."
An infamously outspoken individual, Roenick stirred up controversy during 2004-2005's lockout, when he addressed certain fans that perceive NHL players as being spoiled. Roenick told these fans to "kiss my ass" and accused them of being jealous. He stated further that he would prefer that those fans who shared that perception no longer attend NHL games or watch them on television. Afterwards, Roenick felt his remarks had been taken out of context by ESPN.  He was famously critical of both the NHL owners and the NHLPA council.
Roenick also alienated his team at the time, the Philadelphia Flyers, when he claimed to be suffering from a concussion in order to extract injury pay during the lockout, despite the Flyers' doctors having cleared him to play. After the Flyers surprised everyone by signing Peter Forsberg on August 3, 2005, Roenick was traded the next day to the Los Angeles Kings in order to clear salary cap space for Forsberg's contract.
Roenick's penchant for stirring controversy also saw him claiming in 2006 that USA Hockey has "blackballed" him, and was being disrespectful by not including him on the American national team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. He claimed, "I'm a lot better player than my points indicate"; he had six goals and seven assists in 32 games when he made that comment.
On February 8, 2006, The Star Ledger reported that Roenick had been identified as one of several NHL players implicated in Operation Slapshot -- an operation created with the intent to uncover a nationwide gambling ring. Other notable names involved in this investigation are Phoenix Coyotes' Assistant Coach Rick Tocchet, and wife of famous NHL player Wayne Gretzky, Janet Jones. 
On the whole, Roenick's 2005-06 campaign with the Kings was greatly disappointing, both for Roenick and for the team. Roenick decided to take the off-season to bring his hockey game to a much better form. He expressed strong interest in joining a Canadian team.
On June 28, 2006, Roenick made it clear that he wanted to sign in Canada for the 2006-07 season and for cheap. "It was a nightmare season from hell last year," Roenick said, "I've always said I would like to play in Canada before my career is over,".  However, on July 4, 2006, Roenick signed a one year, 1.2 million dollar deal that sent him back to the Phoenix Coyotes.
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