A newly published memoir by former NHL player Jeremy Roenick puts his former San Jose Sharks teammate Patrick Marleau on a list of "Five Players I Hated During My Career," likely rekindling old friction.
The book, "J.R.: My Life as the Most Outspoken, Fearless and Hard-Hitting Man in Hockey," also includes a chapter that elaborates on the issues Roenick had with Marleau's more laid-back style of play. And it provides a closer look at the incident where Roenick said the former Sharks captain put in a "gutless, gutless performance" in a 2011 playoff game against the Detroit Red Wings. Roenick, who skated for two seasons with San Jose before retiring in 2009, later acknowledged a poor choice of words, but didn't backtrack on the criticism beyond that. His overall portrait of Marleau depicts him as a highly skilled player who needs to show more heart and more edge. Marleau took the criticism in stride. "He's got his own agenda," Marleau said, challenging the perception that he lacks emotion. "I can see how people would think that because I'm very stoic," he said. "I tried to keep it controlled, but believe me, the emotions are running."
Tue, Nov 13, 2012 11:27:00 AM