Roenick opens up in new book
Thu, 13 Dec 2012|
Jeremy Roenick joins David Kaplan to discuss his new book - 12/13
The new book is called JR my life is the most outspoken fearless and hard hitting man in hockey ridden body. Former Blackhawks cannot hear me roar back. Jarrett joins us here in studio at Chicago could you not. It's great to have you back with talk hockey with you over the years but as I went through your book having been a Blackhawk fan my whole life growing up in this town. What struck me was -- can't that you are good and bad about your ego your this year wow. Does it doesn't surprise you. Does it surprise you that they get one thing that I have never done as I've never pulled punches and I've never. Not told really. Exactly what's going through my mind it was at that particular time in. I thought it was a perfect opportunity to me three years out of the game you know obviously the career on the ice was something that I'm very proud of but I I want to give people. View of what my life was like off the ice which was -- mayhem and was wild crazy and we had a lot of fun writing this book and and and I yeah you're right I went left myself a lot because a lot of the bad things happen in my life. Are are all my fault and that are attributed to a real big ego. Let's talk about your hockey career because when you joined the Blackhawks. The Hawks were hot franchise in this town this was before hockey took a local -- John McDonough Rocky -- took over what was it like with. Denny Savard at any old check and then Mike Keenan roles in who's a complete lunatic and what was all that like. It was -- hockey in there in the late eighties early ninety's it was just. Coming back into -- -- back into excitement you know working Denis Savard Steve -- and Wilson who we it was a Al Secord was there at the time it was fine hockey and we had a wild time you know this -- learn to play cards -- boys it's. It's true what the camp and what does you know we've gotten in shape camp we came in and out of shape. When they get in shape and wears pads. Spent hours in the bars after after training camp ends in the morning. It was not your typical. NHL of today and it was fun and it was Keenan just keeping us on the edge you know. We yelling match screaming matches little fisticuffs and in the locker rooms. Fighting on the ice you know between teammates. If you're always that you you would never calm or never. These. In the Chicago Blackhawks uniform because you know we played -- of the some of the best fans in the whole world they're crazy they're raucous but -- Chicago stadium was the best stadium. Ever to play in. He and Mike -- in one of the players to play right the fans cheered and it scared the hell out of it be any opponent coming into that building. Patrick Kane is a young star he has had moments where the team has said you've got settled down this professional sports are making a lot of money. If you could talk to him one on one what would you say to him about where he's -- his life where it can be had. Well let me first -- at -- for -- that Patrick -- -- my favorite players -- national likely I love the kid I love the way he plays his talent is. The way that he can control -- game is is this is actually incredible to me. I understand what it -- what he's going through -- he's young he's good looking and he's got all the money in the world he's he wants well and and exploit the the professional list but what. And I've talked to about this thing you have to remember you represent one of the best cracks and all sports. You know Indian head is is more important than any kind of fun that you could have. And he's just got to be he's got to be respectful of of the team that he represents me and he he's gotten into some trouble and he's he's had some. You know some stints with rob it and obviously with the social network hopefully experiencing as a learning experience. Because if if he makes sure he takes care of himself off the ice. This kid's going to be one of the best players on the ice bar none in the National Hockey League didn't I think you'll be fine he's he's prepared. If you had social media around when JR with coming up what would it have been like. Assist those who say thank goodness we didn't have social media and you know we didn't back in the early -- -- -- being left cellphone that he made of cellphones. It would have been. Would have been crazy that it. Let's let's just I don't know I don't know if I'd still be married for sure it was for social media mean there's a lot of times you get you can do things can get away with it but. -- and I not today I think. I know I never got in trouble with the law never got in trouble with you know with drugs. But you know when -- wild and you're out there drinking and you do things you don't realize you're doing and someone snaps of picture and posted on FaceBook. And the next day becomes pretty embarrassing so. I would be very careful these days and I'm I'm really happy I played and didn't absolutely right -- we -- the viewers to send you some questions for JR. This one's from saturates. What was the best fight the other guys. -- a lot of really good fights. Mark Bell for the Blackhawks challenged me twice. And -- and we had two really good scraps of -- were you at the time I was in Philly and from then I had some really good scrap -- with the best fight I probably had as with Scott Walker. In Vancouver we went at it for about. Two minutes and I was done for the game my arms and hands I couldn't I couldn't grip my stick anymore it was. I do a lot of respect for those fighters for what they do because I was I was totally drained and it was a it was a there was a -- Well the book is I've read a lot of books talked to a lot of athletes. This was as entertaining a read as I've had with it's it's exactly how I wanted it but and just like I played I. I don't want someone to come and spend their money -- spend their time if they're gonna do something to watch me or read about me I don't want them leaving. With a bad taste in the mouth her or leaving disappointed and I appreciate that perhaps their best selected thank you Perry is Jeremy Maroney -- -- -- All around Chicago land this weekend you can catch an informant park lunchtime Friday you'll be at the barber bet dollars in the Willis tower. And it total hockey that night Saturday you've got to Lombard 11:30 AM. And then in -- you remember the book is JR my life has the most outspoken phils -- hitting bad hockey is available everywhere.