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J.R.: My Life as the Most Outspoken, Fearless, and Hard-Hitting Man in Hockey

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  579 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Jeremy Roenick, one of the premier hockey players of his generation and one of the greatest American stars the NHL has ever known, shares his life story in this frank and unflinching autobiography. After making his debut as an 18-year-old with the Chicago Blackhawks, Roenick thrilled fans with his flashy style, take-no-prisoners approach, and jaw-dropping skills. A native ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 1st 2013 by Triumph Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Bill Krieger
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man, this is a fucking great book... as JR would say. (ha!)

This is one of the best autobiographies I've ever read. They made a great decision to write the book in Roenick's voice. The superstar jock stories and sensibilities are largely unfiltered. There's drinking, fighting, cursing, gambling, the most sophomoric pranks ever, and more. The movie Slapshot has nothing on JR. Every page seems to include the word "fuck" or some variation of it. It feels like Roenick just plopped down on a barstool
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Karol Gajda
I almost quit in the beginning and a few times thereafter, but this was an interesting enough read. I guess. As the title suggests, the ego and arrogance are over the top.

Irritating:
- He uses alternate (read: non-US) English spellings. Favourite, humour, centre, cheque, and so on. I like those spelling when they're coming from someone not born in the US, of course. But it's weird in cases like this. Like he's trying to make up for not really finishing high school and never going to college and
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Kyle  Tresnan
Back when I was reading lots of hockey books, I looked forward to the inevitable Jeremy Roenick book. He was still playing in those days, so I had a while to wait. Now the Roenick book--the one hockey book I ever had lofty expectations for--is finally here, and I'm mostly disappointed.

I was pretty young when Roenick played in Philly, but I did like him. I have his action figure in my room and I don't have any other hockey action figures. Not much of the book is about his time with the Flyers,
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Ashley Nelson
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always found Jeremy Roenick interesting during his playing days. He was a fun, entertaining player, as well as a really good player. What really comes through in this book is his no-hold barred personality. JR doesn't have much of a filter. He fully admits most of his trouble during his career and life is due to his big mouth. Lots of tidbits about his career, including his tenure with several different teams and coaches and his Olympic experiences. Also lots of juicy hockey stories from crazy ...more
Sarah
Gets better as you go, it isn't the worst hockey bio I've read but isn't the best. He tries to come off as self depreciative but is more arrogant. I did appreciate his descriptions of concussions as he seemed to really understand them but his blindness to the necessary changes to the game was annoying.
Braeden O’Hern
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J.R. My Life as the Most outspoken, fearless, and hard hitting man in Hockey. The author is Jeremy Roenick with Kevin Allen. At the age of 13 Jeremy Rownick was living in Fairfax, Virginia and was driving 250 miles each way on weekends to play for a hockey team in Totowa, New Jersey. His dad estimated that it cost about $25,000 to play for the New Jersey Rockets. Jeremy Roenick, one of the greatest hockey players of his generation and one of the greatest American stars the NHL has ever known, ...more
Geoffrey
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
JR is a beauty. Love his unfiltered approach. Being an ex hockey player, some of this talk really brings me back. I love his pro-US his mentality when it comes to hockey. This also gave me a better understanding of his background now that I watch him a few nights a week on NBC. I am a Sharks fan and saw him play in his last 2 seasons. From what I saw, he gave 100% when he was out there and while was mildly distracting at times, it came from a good place as he was a fierce competitor.
Jeffrey Shrigley
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was never a fan of Jeremy until I read this book. He is one of the funniest guys I have ever read about I would’ve loved to been in the locker room with him. This book is just hilarious and is completely what JR is all about. This was a great read and tells go to hockey personality like no other
Matthew Bogdanski
Jeremy Roenick is a player that in my opinion has not been talked about enough. He doesn’t have the best back story to his success but as seen throughout his book, he had many struggles that he had to deal with over the course of his career.
Darcy Cudmore
A good book for the hockey lover. A nice, quick read with good info and interesting stories. JR dives into the behind the scenes life of a player in the 90s, 2000s and tells us his honest opinion on opponents, coaches and teammates.

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Larry Sprung
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Insight into the NHL

The was a great first hand glimpse of the life of an American born NHL’er. Excellent read and I would highly recommend.
Jason Berry
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brutally honest and unapologetic. A great memoir
Haybaby1101
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J.R. My life as the Most Outspoken, Fearless, and Hard-Hitting Man in Hockey by Jeremy Roenick makes the reader asking, what was he thinking??!!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B43...

Tabatha Shipley
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I am an avid hockey fan. I know Jeremy Roenick as the Phoenix Coyotes player. My knowledge of his history and backstory was severely limited.

This story will give you insight into the world of professional hockey. It will certainly give you background on Jeremy Roenick. He does name drop other hockey players a lot. If you're interested in great hockey names and stories about them, this is a great book for you.

Recommended for all serious hockey fans.
Emsoca
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was certainly excellent.
Sarah Catherine
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir-biography
Not the most well written book I've ever read, but it was entertaining!
Scott Holstad
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very enjoyable book to read, even if you're not a huge fan of Jeremy Roenick. I gained a lot of respect for him as a player as a result of reading this. He obviously loves the game of hockey and played with a lot of passion. Over the course of his 20 year career, he became one of a very few American-born players to score more than 500 career goals. Pretty impressive.

Roenick grew up a hockey player. He was playing pee wee hockey at 10 and his parents were traveling to other states to
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MissM
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

What threw me at first with this book is that it's a memoir and NOT an autobiography. I went into it expecting more about Roenick specifically, where this was more him telling you stories about hockey, his time in the NHL, players and games. You do learn about Roenick in the process but not as much as you would were it a real autobiography. Once I realized that, I liked it more.

At first, I was a little confused about the style of the stories as it felt like a guy just casually talking
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Reed Campana
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J.R.: My Life as the Most Outspoken, Fearless, and Hard-Hitting Man in Hockey by Jeremy Roenick is an amazing book. I enjoyed reading this book and learning about the life and career of Jeremy Roenick. Jeremy Roenick is a very passionate, outspoken and comedic individual. This book goes into great detail about his life before, during, and after his NHL career. It includes many anecdotes of interactions with fans, one of which caused him to say, “No one will ever accuse me of being politically ...more
Dana
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was apprehensive about reading this book. You see I was born and raised in Chicago, a Blackhawks fan, and I’m about the same age as JR. I remember him as a part of the team and loved to watch him play and I bought a Roenick jersey for my then boyfriend (now husband). Because his history is part of my own, I remember a good deal of the things he’d said and done, and that leads to the reason for my apprehension. Would the stupid things he’s noted for (the ones I don’t know about added to the ...more
Drew Downey
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Jeremy Roenick was in high school he would be moving from state to state playing in the AAA hockey level. When he was only a junior in high school he was one of the best hockey players in the United States. With being a top draft pick in the NHL at only 17 years old, he was physically not big enough to play at a very highly level of hockey. With weighing less then 150 pounds and going to Chicago Blackhawks training camp. While he was attending school in a PREP school, he would be traveling ...more
RJ Wood
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this was an excellent book. I would recommend this book to anyone who has even remotely interested in sports as long as you can get over the fact that it is not censored at all. I would strongly agree with the five stars I am giving this book. I was surprised at how happy I could be with reading an autobiography.

This book is written in first person narration, most of the events were in order of relevance. The book is an autobiography about the life of Jeremy Roenick a known but
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Joe Kucharski
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies
JR writes like he plays: from the heart, jumping without looking and always honestly. But for as great a hockey player as Roenick was, he still has a ways to go with his writing style, as a majority of book almost seems to have been transcribed from JR simply babbling about his life; a lot of asides and random streams of consciousness. However, the read is extremely fun and definitely recommended.

JR sidesteps the typical chronological approach of autobiographical storytelling and jumps right in
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Kate
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have mixed feeling on this one. On one hand I want to congratulate his ghostwriter- well done. It was a colorful tale and wasn't just describing 100 different games in detail like so many hockey memoirs seem to do.

On the other hand I often felt "oh, poor little rich boy" reading this. This guy has had everything in life handed to him since he was born, and STILL I felt like he was the conductor of the blame train. He says he's got tough rhino skin but he flips out over everything. It didn't
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Jeremy Lee
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great read. Roenick was my favorite player, is my favorite player, and is probably my favorite announcer these days. This book was brutally honest, of course J.R. has never been shy about saying what he thinks, but he's honest at times about his own screw-ups and suffering from the occasional bout of foot-in-mouth disease. The tone sounds as if he sat down on a bar-stool and just chatted for a few hours, but the co-author did a great job of stream-lining and tightening the narrative. What ...more
Sarah
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a hypocrite, because I'm always complaining about how pro athletes speak in the same mind-numbing cliches all the time. But the first time one DOES show some spark of personality, I usually decide he's a douchebag, should be more humble, etc., etc. And as such, I've never been the world's biggest Jeremy Roenick fan. But when the biggest library system in our area joined a consortium with my library, I scoured the catalog for hockey books I haven't yet read, and this is one of the ones I ...more
David
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick and easy read for any hockey fan. Couldn't put the book down and read it in one go.

You know how perfect people annoy everyone? Well, Roenick is so imperfect that I can't help liking him. It was a nice trip down memory lane and it was definitely entertaining although no one will ever mistake this for great literature.

A lot of dumb high school level/locker room pranks, a lot of anecdotes, a few shots at other players, a lot of self congratulations (Hey, did you know he was one of only 3
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Missy
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hockey
It was hard not to compare this book w/ Keith Jones' book, which I found to be much more endearing. I know this will come to the surprise of few, but JR is kind of a blowhard. It's clear that JR holds a really high opinion of himself - even when he's attempting self-deprication. That said, his stories are entertaining, and I always appreciate behind-the-scenes, inside the locker room tales. I liked getting a much different take on Tkachuk, compared to my standing impression of him. I could have ...more
Laura
Sep 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, sports
Because any book about hockey will entertain me, this gets 3 Stars, but that's a little generous. The book could have used some serious editing - at times the organization didn't make a ton of sense, and it felt a little bit like Roenick just ranted stories at his ghostwriter and then the ghostwriter transcribed it. He also didn't come off as very likable (maybe I'm a little biased because he's a BC deserter, but that was before my time so not really). I understand the "entertainment" aspect of ...more
Scott
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent biography.

JR's stories and inner drive and personality are on clear display in this bio.

What a character, what a genuine guy, what a worker for the game of hockey.

Interesting to see what a player and now commentator think of their teammates, opposing players, and announcers.

It was also nice to see a player admit he is not perfect and explain how difficult a world it can be even for a world class athlete.

One thing for sure, many young athletes today need to understand the drive,
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Jeremy “J.R.” Roenick was born January 17, 1970, and is a former American National Hockey League player. He was drafted eighth overall in the NHL Entry Draft in 1988 by the Chicago Blackhawks.

He played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, and the San Jose Sharks over the course of his 20 year NHL season career.

He represented TEAM USA in numerous
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