Sunday, June 26, 2005

JR Twists the Knife in the NHLPA's Wound

Jeremy Roenick, never a person to mince words, teed off twice at the Mario Lemieux Charity Golf Classic. Already deemed as "the losers," the more outspoken NHL players have all come out to the media to talk about the league's restructuring.

Jeremy Roenick attempted to save face in a less than classy rant about the attitude towards millionaire athletes.
"If people are going to sit and chastise pro athletes for being cocky - for being suck asses - they need to look at one thing and that's the deal we're going to be signing in about three weeks. Pro athletes are not cocky. Pro athletes care about the game. Everybody out there who calls us spoiled because we play a game - they can kiss my ass....I will say personally, personally, to everybody who calls us spoiled, you guys are just jealous, and screw you guys because we have tried so hard to get this game back on the ice to make it better for the fans. And if you don't realize that, don't come. We don't want you in the rink, we don't want you to watch hockey. Period."
I don't think you tried hard enough, Jeremy. For us to believe that some of the elitist pro-union veterans in the NHL were working hard to get things done, you would have tabled the rhetoric and worked on perhaps finding solutions to why the *GPG's of the League is down. Since some of them didn't have anything to do, they could have formed a committee to promote the game in a positive way and perhaps looked for more of a fan base. Better yet, why not start talking to a broadcasting network and find a network contract. That would be working hard towards the game.
"It's the worst I've been defeated since the 1992 Stanley Cup playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins when we lost four straight..."


* = Goals per game.

[Via: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
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