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Todd Walsh sits down with Jeremy Roenick as he recalls some of the greatest moments in his hockey career.
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Well there they are the numbers of the man of the night here are going into the Coyotes ring of honor Jeremy Roenick I'm not a big stats guy but these numbers just jump off the -- don't think. Twenty National Hockey League seasons see the games the goals and points. Nine time all star and earlier this year it's -- -- a banner year for generally inducted into the US hockey hall of fame. That's Johnny Cash -- induction plaque on packaging them but I actually say that with great respect and you and then he could -- -- wanted to win -- here on Coyotes line. Presented by century generic -- Well she could it be -- it would have thought aha he's pool and still we're both still standing or well. Apparently barely hey listen if united we can go on -- here. But we can't okay so -- was -- -- -- -- try to keep my achievements or we have a ceremony we have to get to -- like a couple of minutes and especially here's I wanna start with a story that I can't believe -- never ask you and many others have I don't wanna give you tonight. On a flashback to use -- ironic as a kid going to see the Hartford whalers and act guy right there and I Gordy -- what did he do in warm ups that changed. Really the scope of your career. Or -- obviously one of the the biggest icons and in hockey history when I lived in Hartford he played for Hartford whalers with -- on Marty -- mark. In that seven years old we practiced. On the same practice so that they didn't we played our game we got out and we neither of Hartford -- are going out to play. So we ran -- I got my stuff off and went up and pet and we hung over the glass like all the kids didn't hang over the glass and watch a player's skate by and watch them go by and you know we've -- -- Wallace stuff well. This -- all lined up on the glass and Gordy Howe came in and grabbed snow on the stick and dumped all over my head. Cycle you know oh my god in all my buddies -- according -- just dumps and all of my head. They came back around and he winked at me. And it was so who Aussie because. He dumped snow on my head he didn't dump snow -- all the other kids that he picked me out of all the kids dump snow on him and then again came back and winked at me so acknowledge me again. And I remember how I felt when that happened it was like the coolest thing I've ever that ever experience. And I talked about for months and months and months and I remembered for years and years and years. That's what made me know that I can have an effect on the people. We got a couple still photos that I think clearly demonstrate that along the way the acknowledgment of the people that are spending their hard earned cash. Investing in you and your teams financially and emotionally right no question it if it wasn't for the fans. We wouldn't be pros pro athletes -- you need to fans to two to go out there and support their teams to to fill the Arenas to. To spend their money to come in and build business to allow us to do we do and I always knew that I was acknowledged that. And it's good to change people's lives but just by. A little bit of attention it doesn't take too much it doesn't hurt and you know that's what makes the world go round and then you can make an affect how long lasting effect on a lot of kids. With that just a couple of -- let's wrestle on wanna move to opening night here and Phoenix in America west arena the companies in the San Jose Sharks in the role that you play it is the first I think real face of the franchise. For this. This entire franchise in the valid because. There was more responsibility than just being a hockey -- hockey team wasn't there are no question you know when you're bringing that team into a new city where. You know half the people might know. The game it happens don't. There was a responsibility want to make sure that that we had a good product put on the ice. But also that we educated. The people who weren't so so. Knowledgeable about the game of hockey or the NHL. So for us it was great out in the public doing events doing speaking events doing charitable things. Doing that the Cardinals which is always a lot of fun and a and I like that to reach out and help. Help people get excited about our sport year. Was one of the greatest things where we don't have a lot of time but I wanted to play the role of analyst here it because you belong to simulate that I -- -- you actually belong to some of the other teams along the way that you belong to everybody itself. I just when -- pitcher here instant recollection there has -- for some video. Otherwise from time to journalists outside of the companies like say in Chicago. Well Chicago obviously that you know we're. A big part of my heart is they they brought me in the National Hockey League. They drafted me eighteen Philadelphia Flyers the way they brought me in the fans the way they treated me LA. Bring me over even though it stunk and now they you know but that happens in San Jose giving me an opportunity. To finish my career and and kind of regained respectability. That I might have lost for a few years and you know to be it was sheer stuff like this with my son and to. You know it -- to be in this city. At the end of my career that that appreciated me and I could I could be a mentor for a lot of kids. I have been really really lucky I wanna -- in January and -- about your time in Phoenix I would take you back to I think if you're defining moment as Phoenix and I think it. It is emblematic of your entire career Jeremy Roenick and that is the months of march and April 19998 to go there but we have to let's take a look at the video all starts with -- -- spot -- for him on Michael -- of. A little bit -- and if that was my textbook hit night -- Mike and they sent us shockwaves through Dallas and going into Dallas I knew that that there are gonna become an affidavit that was tried to get the best like -- was -- ultimate competitor here. Just couple days later. You know 255. Pounds very accurate throws -- flying elbow might disintegrate I can literally pick my. It might take out of my face right -- this thing like for. For a few hours and coming back fifteen days later doctor every day I did wonders to get my mind. They expect together it. You know you don't play hockey with your face and I realize that and if I can play if I can do and. Anything to be in the game I was doing my job Rose -- but that was. That was one of my most. Most proud moments that that I can play that game I don't argue later that's an iconic moment in sports history and again I think defines who you -- before -- go our I want to get to a guy that. Got a little retaliation and Darian Hatcher for you that as a captain of the tea while you were here when you please tell us your relationship with him. It's not then and now in the last ninety seconds that we. Probably one of my most favorite if not the most favorite TV I had that Chris Chelios Tony Monte. I got to throw them up as my favorite. When you talk about -- -- ultimate warrior. There's not a warrior that live the game that played the game that was passion about the game Penske it's because talent. The way he treated people the way he took the captaincy so seriously in the way he. He ran his team. I'm proud he's a Bostonians I'm proud that I got to play with them. And I'm proud that that I got to learn a lot Q I mean I'm older I was in the league longer but I learned a lot from -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- You did and I'd like to end this way you tell me if I'm right if I send this up as secure legacy this is from rural culture Sharapova said and I quote. I always say that hockey is a hard way to make it easy living. You have to have a high level of resolve courage and physical sacrifice that once in -- a player takes all of that to another level and Jeremy did that. You're right. Congratulations. Speech and then it by the way if if we go on the defined us the Coyotes but the question is when the NHL -- the -- think all the Coyotes. Who are -- finding. Generally we honor him here tonight.