The San Jose Sharks made the big announced today.
Roenick, a former first round pick, had a career spanning 20 seasons. He started with the Blackhawks and later went on to play with the Coyotes, Flyers, Kings, and his last stop, the Sharks.
It was thought that his career was over after a poor 2007 season in Phoenix. Roenick even informally announced his retirement.
However, his old teammate and current Sharks GM Doug Wilson convinced him to give it one more go and that lead to a great comeback season and his 500th career goal.
J.R. ended his NHL tenure the next season with the Sharks, finishing 36th on the NHL’s all time goals list and fourth among American born players with 513 goals.
J.R. will join four other USA greats, including the Hatcher brothers, during an inductiion ceremony in October in Buffalo, NY.