KINGS ACQUIRE CENTER JEREMY ROENICK
Roenick, 35, is a nine-time NHL All-Star who has scored 40 or more goals four times and 50 or more goals twice. In addition, the 6-foot-1, 196-pound native of Boston has three 100-point seasons (1991-92 through 1993-94).
"Jeremy certainly plays the game of hockey at a very high tempo," said Taylor. "He brings a physical element to our top group of forwards, and he also brings endless energy and passion to the ice every night."
"I think the fans in Los Angeles will love the way he plays," said Kings Head Coach Andy Murray. "He is an exceptional player and is a great competitor."
Roenick has amassed 475 goals, 645 assists, 1,120 points and 1,345 penalty minutes in 1,124 regular season games during his 16-year NHL career, and has scored 20 or more goals in 13 of his 16 seasons. His career goals and career points rank 15th best among active players. In addition, he has also appeared in 136 career post-season games with the Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks, recording 116 points (51-65=116) and 101 penalty minutes.
Roenick spent the last three NHL seasons with the Flyers and finished fifth in scoring on the club with 19 goals, 28 assists and 47 points in 62 games during the 2003-04 campaign. He led the Flyers with 27 goals (his eighth consecutive season with 20 or more goals scored) and 59 points (27-32=59) while appearing in 79 games in 2002-03. He also tied for the team lead with 32 assists and eight power play goals that season. Roenick finished second on the Flyers in scoring with 67 points (21-46=67) during the 2001-02 season -- a season in which he became the fourth American-born player to reach the 1,000-point plateau. In 216 career regular season games with the Flyers, Roenick recorded 67 goals, 106 assists, 173 points and 211 penalty minutes.
Roenick signed with the Flyers as a free agent in 2001 following five seasons with the Coyotes, where he recorded 141 goals, 210 assists, 351 points and 564 penalty minutes in 384 regular season games. Traded to Phoenix from Chicago in 1996 in exchange for Alexei Zhamnov, Craig Mills and a first-round draft pick in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Roenick ranks eighth in points, ninth in goals and 10th in assists on the Coyotes' all-time scoring lists.
Originally drafted by the Blackhawks in the first-round (8th overall) in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Roenick also ranks high on Chicago's all-time scoring lists with 267 career goals (7th all-time), 329 assists (11th all-time) and 596 career points (8th all-time) in 524 regular season games over eight seasons. He led the Blackhawks in scoring from 1991-92 through 1993-94 and again during the 1995-96 season.
Roenick has also compiled a stellar international resume during his career. He recorded a goal and four assists in six games for Team USA, which finished as the Silver Medalists at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. He also represented the United States at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, scoring one assist in four games.
Roenick was a member of Team USA at the 1991 Canada Cup where he recorded six points (4-2=6) in eight games and was named to the Canada Cup All-Star Team. He also represented Team USA at the 1991 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland, leading all players with 11 points (5-6=11) in nine games.
Prior to turning pro with the Blackhawks, Roenick was the leading scorer at the 1988-89 World Junior Championships with 16 points (8-8=16) in seven games for Team USA. He also appeared in seven games for the United States at the 1987-88 World Junior Championships, posting nine points (5-4=9).