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Happy Birthday To Ridgefield’s Jeremy Roenick

Jeremy Roenick turns 44 on Friday.
Jeremy Roenick turns 44 on Friday.

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Ridgefield’s Jeremy Roenick!

Jeremy Shaffer "J.R." Roenick, who has owned a home in Ridgefield, turns 45 on Saturday. The ice hockey player was born January 17, 1970, in Boston, MA.

Roenick started his career playing for several years as a squirt and pee wee in Ridgefield.

He later moved to Fairfax, Virginia, to play for the Bantam level New Jersey Rockets and won back to back national championships in 1984-85 and 1985-86.

He played the majority of his career in the National Hockey League (NHL) and played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, and San Jose Sharks over the course of his 18 NHL season career and represented Team USA in numerous international tournaments.

On November 10, 2007, he became the third American-born player  to score 500 goals.

On February 21, 2009, he earned his 700th career assist against the Atlanta Thrashers. He is the 48th player in NHL history, and the 6th American-born player, to reach that threshold.

He has worked as a Stanley Cup playoffs hockey analyst on TSN and also as an analyst for the NBC family of networks coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

He has made acting appearances on television shows as well in an episode of Go On on NBC and also appeared in an episode of Leverage, an episode of Ghost Whisperer, two episodes of Hack, and two episodes of HBO's Arli$$.

He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010.

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