Roenick on the wagon

Posted: April 24, 2008

HERE ARE A FEW words to live by from former Flyers forward Jeremy Roenick:

"Don't drink and you won't stink."

Actually, Roenick didn't say those exact words, but that was his sentiment when he told the Associated Press that refraining from alcohol has given him a new lease on life and more energy to torment defenders.

Now playing for San Jose, Roenick led the Sharks past Calgary on Tuesday night with a four-point performance (two goals), the NHL's highest-scoring effort in a Game 7 playoff since "The Great One" did it with the Kings in 1993.

"Clean living and making sure that my body is fresh, that there are no toxins in it [is important]," said Roenick. "A healthy mind will create a healthy body and the San Jose Sharks have allowed me to have a healthy mind."

However, it appears the California air is starting to have an effect on the 38-year-old, who added:

"I haven't felt this good in maybe 10 or 15 years, since I was a kid. I feel like I did when I played in Chicago, before Philly and Phoenix, way back when."

It's too bad Roenick didn't decide to give up the bubbly while he was here, but then again this isn't exactly the kind of city that sees a few cocktails after work as a bad thing - so it probably wouldn't have been a successful campaign.

Here's to staying "clean," Jeremy, and the next time you reap the rewards, have a ginger ale on me.

I'll be sure to have a lager on you.

Local gems

Two local stories worth noting:

The Villanova baseball team returned to level ground after a 12-3 rout of Saint Joseph's. 'Nova is now 20-20 overall.

Saint Joseph's softball pitcher Lauren Cognigni set the school's all-time strikeout record, striking out five in yesterday's doubleheader sweep of Fairleigh Dickinson. She now has 517 career strikeouts, surpassing the previous record of 515.

- Kerith Gabriel

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