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Video: Jeremy Roenick's emotional response to Blackhawks victory

Jun 10, 2010, 2:15 AM EDT

 Earlier in the postseason, Roenick tried to pretend that he wasn’t secretly rooting for the Blackhawks to win the Cup. After tonight, there is no doubt.

One of the greatest American players to ever step onto the ice in the NHL, Roenick never won a Cup during his long career. He came close, going to the finals with Chicago in 1991 but never came that close again.

Tonight, his emotions got the best of him.

  1. Richard Jovan - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:24 AM

    I just want to say that I remember listening to those games on the radio, while I was listening to the champion Bulls each other day. But, as I listened to how the Hawks were playing, although I knew the kind of team in Pittsburgh Penguins with the likes of Super Mario, Jaromir Jagr, etc that we were up against, I knew that our guys never gave up the fight all the way to the bitter end. In later seasons, I also knew that those guys put up the best fight they could against powerful teams, but JR even later on kept the battle going with different teams after being abandoned by the Hawks. Always fighting for that ultimate prize, and it made me kind of sad to see the official retirement. The end of a mission.
    But looking back on that ’92 team as to this championship team, I see no difference. That the real fans cared for the players in the same way, there can be no question. Few people are fortunate enough to lift that cup up, but to be a true battler like JR even fewer. I don’t know how it occurs that JR would be there in philly tonight. Having represented both teams faithfully and with tremendous skill, it just seems right for him to be there and see us finally win. I can say, and feel good about saying, that its like he somehow won too.

  2. Josh - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:02 AM

    Great comment by JR about the kid back in Chicago.
    This is at least the 3rd insensitive remark in the last few broadcasts by the guy on the right. I cannot remember his name. He does nothing but make everything about himself and slights others. NBC, you can do a lot better. Get rid of this guy and get someone with some class.

  3. Brandon - Jun 10, 2010 at 7:11 AM

    you know JR said he was impartial to each team, it was just a cop out say that he can not loose, from the way he was “analyzing” the game there is no doubt he was rooting for the Blackhawks, and finally he can not hide it anymore, there’s nothing I hate more then a phony and there you have it the guy crys for his favorite team, he should no longer be on broadcast television
    aside from the fact the Flyers outplayed the Chicago in the first 4 games, I guess luck was just on their side

  4. Bob J. - Jun 10, 2010 at 8:21 AM

    I appreciated that JR showed us his genuine full range of passion for the game of Hockey last night. He showed you how excited he could get about the game, he showed you the respect he had for the game & those that play it, he showed you that he missed playing the game himself and he showed emotion for the team that just won the cup that he once played on for 8 years & that was unable to win the cup when he played for them. It was all real, it was not contrived and it was not done in a false or cheap sensational way. It was a real guy sharing his real feelings about the game. He gave us a perspective that made the entire series much better. Great Job JR, thanks for sharing with us armchair fans. We hope to see you next year JR.

  5. Brian - Jun 10, 2010 at 8:25 AM

    Josh..that bonehead to the right of JR was Mike Milbury…ex-player and ex-coach/GM for the Islanders during the 90’s when he destroyed that team. While he was a player for Boston back in the day, he actually climbed into the stands and went after a fan. No joke…there’s video footage of that one. He is the epitome of the word Douche and I agree that they need to replace him as a commentator.

  6. MannyMo - Jun 10, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    As we Chicagoans say… You can take the boy out of Chicago, but you can’t take Chicago out of the boy. Anyone who’s ever been here to play on any level, know how Chicago sports fans are.Miss you JR, wish you could have been there playing with us this time around. Nice job Blackhawks!

  7. Monica - Jun 10, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    Honestly my favorite moment of the night.

  8. Mark R - Jun 10, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    I kept waiting to see Eddie O’s reaction too. He had to be neutral as the game announcer, but you know he was crying as well after his beloved Hawks won the cup

  9. B. Wong - Jun 10, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    JR great comments by you after the game. I am expat Canadian living in Asia and Canadians treat hockey like it is a religion. The emotion you showed, demonstrated your love of hockey and the importance of winning the holy grail, the Stanley Cup.

  10. Bud - Jun 10, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Roenick what a fraud, did you tell the Hawk fans you were a guest on a Flyer “Ultimate Goal” special on the Flyers television network just two days ago. You never met a camera you didn’t like and you had 3 choices for your crocodile tear act, Sharks, Flyers and Hawks. The only final four team you didn’t play for was the Canadiens. As a Flyer fan, I offer my full respect and congratulations to the Hawks as a class organization who earned a championship, way to go guys!!! There is no disgrace to lose a hard fought series to you. To Roenick, I didn’t know you and TO were friends, that is the same s*** he pulled, you make me want to puke.

  11. peepsaf - Jun 10, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    I won’t give JR as much credit, but I’ll hand you even less. The guy cried because he, himself, never hoisted the cup. His tears were from years and years of effort without that singular glory.
    You, on the other hand, luckily have enough salt on your shoulders to soak up yours.

  12. Chi-Town Hawks Proud - Jun 10, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    “It’s the Blackhawks Man” ~ Damn Straight it is! THANK YOU Roenick! Thank You for being REAL – Thank You for showing the world what the Chicago Blackhawks legacy is! No matter win or lose, no matter what generation it has been, each and every member of the Blackhawks is a member of our family.
    Every NHL team has their own legacy, what makes them unique and special in the eyes of their fans. Today, the Chicago Blackhawks earned the right to live theirs, just as every NHL team has had an opportunity to do.
    The Blackhawks are more than just one person, more than just one season, and more than just one generation. Win or lose the Hawks are One City, One Team and One Goal – THAT is what the Madhouse on Madison National Anthem has always been about – That IS our Legacy.
    Mike Milbury once said about himself – “It’s unbelievable that after more than 30 years in the game, pummeling a guy with his loafer will be my legacy. But I guess it’s better than having no legacy at all.” No, your legacy is now opening your mouth and choking yourself on that loafer you beat a fan with! And, No that is NOT better than having no legacy at all, that is a legacy to be ashamed of because it is a product of a man that is incapable of empathy and joy for others, a truly sad and pathetic way to live your life.
    Roenick, Larmer, Chelios, and Belfour along with every single player that has ever taken the ice since 1961 as a member of our Blackhawks family is entitled to the emotions they felt last night as this generation of our family raised that CUP for ALL of US!
    After 49 years that IS something more than worthy of being emotional over – is it too hard to live in THIS moment and simply find appreciation for the joy it has brought to so many.

  13. SpiderMcFly - Jun 10, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    I’ve been a ‘Hawks fan all my life, even through the dark years, and it’s been a wonderful thing to see what Rocky has done to bring them back to life. I almost bailed on them when they dumped JR, and I hope this win and his reaction goes a long way to healing the scar of that trade. JR belongs with the other ‘Hawk Ambassadors, as a player, a leader, and a class act.
    Congrats, ‘Hawks!

  14. Jackie - Jun 10, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Let them give you crap Jeremy, as far as I’m concerned you’re still my favorite, and I will still wear your jersey with pride. I wanted the cup so badly for you guys as I listened to home game after home game on the radio, sitting on the floor of my first apartment, as close to the speakers as I could get. I’ll never forget the years you gave to Chicago. You and Chelly and the gang made me a Blackhawks fan for life. I cried last night too, in a bar full of people. So what. It was a moment we’ll never forget.

  15. MaryAnn - Jun 10, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    The Measure of the Man: Jeremy Roenick and the Heart of a Lion
    Much has been made of former Chicago Blackhawk now turned NBC commentator Jeremy Roenick’s emotional reaction to the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup Victory last evening in Philadelphia. As with much in today’s fast-paced informational laden world, taking his tears and words at face value could be seen by some as breaking the line of neutrality that we expect of sports commentary.
    Yet, by not knowing or being willing to see the big picture for JR, you miss the nuance of the moment and the heart that has endeared JR to Hawk fans for decades. JR was a fan favorite and we loved him just as much as he loved us. I moved to CHI in 1989 and, to borrow a phrase from Billy Chrystal when he refers to his beloved NY Yankees, from the moment I watched my first Hawks game I started a love affairs with this team that still continues today.
    JR just ate up the crowd’s love and during his stint in CHI he fell in love with our city and our fans as only a young pro-hockey player could. He played with heart, he played for the fans and he uniquely understood the ‘working man’ mentality of the Chicago Blackhawk fan base at the time. He understood that folks were spending their hard-earned money to come out and see him play and he wasn’t about to disappoint.
    I can still remember, as many comments on blogs and the like across the Web have as well, that dark day in 1996 when it was announced that JR would be leaving the Blackhawks to go to Phoenix. It was no different than hearing the news that a close friend was moving away without warning; it stung. I can still remember crying at the sight of the huge sign that JR had put up on one of the Chicago expressways, “Chicago, Thank you for the memories,” with his patented ‘JR’ signature. He certainly didn’t want to go and we could go on for hours about the way the team was run at the time and how the loss of Chelios and Roenick were the end of the last true Blackhawk Dynasty.
    JR’s comments last night were the lamenting of a man who has the heart of a lion and the love of a fan base that still today reveres him whenever he is in their house. Watching the celebration last night, he was reminded of the night when the Blackhawks lost the Cup in Chicago in 1992 and the little boy he saw outside their dressing room crying uncontrollably. Obviously, JR remembered that child’s heartbreak and his own and being a man who wears his heart on his sleeve, he was thinking of that little boy and how happy he must be today.
    JR would have loved to give Hawk fans what Kane, Toews, Sharp, Niemi et al. were able to give us last night; the title of the best team in hockey. That was part of his tears; the thought of that little boy, now a man, reveling down Michigan Avenue or through Wrigleyville in a euphoria that JR wasn’t able to give him.
    That is the way it is when there is a connection between people that transcends words. It speaks profoundly to the foundation of that special relationship and it also, to an outsider, very easy to misunderstand. I can only imagine what it must have been like for JR, to see all those Hawk jerseys flashing across the ice. I am sure that although he saw Kane, Towes, Hossa, Ladd and Versteeg in celebration; in an almost mystical moment, I am sure he saw his own face, that of Chris Chelios, Bob Probert and Eddie Belfour, just to name a few… in a much different time.
    Call them tears or simply, the measure of the man.

  16. SanDiegoParrothead - Jun 10, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    JR’s a pri#k.
    I asked him 2 weekends ago at a Celebrity Golf Tourney in San Diego who he wanted in a Hawks-Flyers final, and his exact words were: “Hawks, no question”

  17. SanDiegoParrothead - Jun 10, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    “…Eddie O’s reaction too. He had to be neutral as the game announcer …”
    Are you $hitting me?
    Eddie O was far from neutral.
    In fact, he was kissing Chi’s a$$ so much, everytime he spoke during Game 6 I would make kissing sounds at the TV.
    It was an embarrassment for the NHL to have a color analyst like that on their broadcast.

  18. JT - Jun 11, 2010 at 4:06 AM

    JR…you are a class act! To think, he has been replaying that moment in his head from 1992 all this time and to be able to know that all the pain Chicago has suffered over the years has finally been eased, it is easy to understand why he was emotional. JR is an ambasador whether officialy or not. He is an ambasador for the Hawks and for the sport of Hockey. He played his heart out every night he took the ice. As he said….he was proud. JR you should be and we are of you! It doesn’t matter how many teams he played for…he was and always will, belong to Chicago.
    Congratulations Chicago Blackhawks.

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