Okay. There. I said it. It's out in the open. If you had told me ten years or even two years ago that I would be a Jeremy Roenick fan I would have laughed in your face. And if I had admitted it out loud, most of my hockey friends would have driven over me with a Zamboni. But he came. He played. And he won my heart.
I, like most, was a bit skeptical when the Sharks signed Roenick. Why him? The old, slow, has-been. What can he do for the Sharks? Just how much can he contribute? Nobody else wanted him, why do we?
Yes, he has a past. His personal life and his hockey life haven't been, shall we say, the cleanest. But I don't care. You can teach an old dog new tricks and Roenick has proven there is life in the old boy yet. And yes, it's probably teal glasses that I currently see him through, but I have become a fan. I have enjoyed watching him play in a Sharks uniform. I have smiled at his joy when he scores. I've watched the (numerous) interviews he has had with local media, not being afraid to laugh at himself, to talk (and talk) about the Sharks and his hockey career, to always be available for that sound bite us fans are always looking for.
I have always wanted my Sharks to win The Cup. I have sat through losing seasons, I have traveled to foreign countries in support of the quest for The Cup. But this year...this year I want it a little more. For the veteran who came to play. 16 wins boys. For yourselves. For the fans. For me. But mostly, win this for one for Roenick. He deserves it. We all do.
Yeah. We're ready playoffs...here we come....
Wanna see Jeremy dance? Go here. I seriously can't stop watching!
And check out his fan site here. It has some great links and plenty of photos to keep any Roenick fan happy.