Former Blackhawks player Jeremy Roenick, who was let go by NBC Sports last week, got a presidential shout-out duringDonald Trump’s rally Wednesday night in Phoenix.
“He’s an Arizona hockey great, a friend of mine,” Trump said. “He’s a great golfer, too. He’s a tough golfer. He’s tough to beat. He’s tough as hell. And if you beat him in golf, he’ll beat you physically. He doesn’t care.”
Usually, Roenick would be in the NBC Sports hockey studio on Wednesday nights, but he was suspended in December for making inappropriate comments about his co-workers during an appearance on the Spittin’ Chiclets podcast.
He issued a public apology in January, but NBC Sports announced on Feb. 12 that he wasn’t coming back.
Roenick played 20 years in the NHL, including five in Arizona with the Coyotes.
“He was the toughest hockey player,” Trump said.”He was one of those guys who could beat you one way, and if he couldn’t, he’d just beat them up.”
The crowd cheered when Roenick’s name was mentioned and the president pointed him out.
“Thank you, Jeremy,” Trump said. “He’s a winner.”
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