Roenick Hangs Up Skates for Dancing Shoes

Could dancing shoes be next?

Thursday, Aug 6, 2009  |  Updated 12:33 PM PDT
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Roenick Hangs Up Skates for Dancing Shoes

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PHILADELPHIA - FEBRUARY 21: Jeremy Roenick #27 of the San Jose Sharks streches before warming up tp play against the Philadelphia Flyers on February 21, 2008 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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San Jose Sharks forward Jeremy Roenick made it official Thursday, announcing his retirement as an NHL player after a career that spanned 20 seasons.

Roenick is one of the best American-born players in NHL history.  However, his colorful career ended on a sour note last Spring when the top-seeded Sharks were eliminated in the first-round of the playoffs by the upstart Ducks.

He spent his final two seasons with the Sharks, but also was a star player for the Blackhawks, Flyers, Kings and Coyotes

What's next for Roenick?  He told NBC Bay Area that 'Dancing with the Stars' has been in contact with him, as well as other TV opportunities.

Roenick is the third-leading American-born scorer in hockey history with 1,216 points.

Roenick chocked up during his farewell news conference.

He eaves the game as one of four American who scored 500 or more goals. He scored 513 overall.

Roenick also had 703 assists in 1,363 regular-season games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks.

Roenick scored 53 goals and 69 assists in 154 games with the Blackhawks, Coyotes, Flyers and Sharks in the Stanley Cup playoffs. He played with the 1991 Chicago team that captured the Presidents' Trophy and went to the Stanley Cup Final.

He contributed to the 2004 Philadelphia team that went to the Eastern Conference Final.

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