BY: John Mamola
Longtime Chicago Blackhawks’ winger Jeremy Roenick joined WDAE’s Ron and Ian Show Tuesday morning following the Hawks second Stanley Cup victory in the last four seasons. The former player now television analyst told of his step by step experience during the final moments of the Blackhawks memorable final two minute scoring spree to clinch the Cup.
“I was actually in the elevator on the way down to the locker room to do my postgame interviews and I missed both goals” said Roenick. “I missed most of the celebration, that’s just my luck.”
The quest for the cup is said to be the most brutal of all the playoff series in professional sports. Roenick played twenty years for five different organizations in his professional career, and told the story of how Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron continued to play in the series with a separated shoulder, a cracked rib and torn cartilage in his ribs.
“In order for Bergeron to play the game last night, they (Boston Bruins) brought in doctors to give him (Bergeron) an epidural to numb his whole torso” said Roenick. “He was in the locker room screaming with a three foot needle going into his back to get him into the condition to go out on the ice and perform pain free. I can’t even imagine what he’s feeling like today, but that’s the kind of sacrifice hockey players make.”
Roenick said he expects an “epic” parade in the city of Chicago for the Stanley Cup champs, where early reports of up to two million people could attend.