JEREMY ROENICK: You know, I'm going to be flat out honest with you. Me, personally, I don't have to do a damn thing more to tell you the truth. Because every day that I wake up and go to the rink, I sign autographs, I go on the ice and I make sure that I acknowledge the fans. I throw pucks to the fans. I sign every autograph that is in front of me. I try to entertain the people.
To me, it cannot be so much of a business that you put the blinders on and you go to the rink and you don't see what's outside of you. Yes, it's a game, but when the whistle blows, and in between the whistles, you play your game. When the whistles are not going, you have to entertain. You have to play to the fans, you have to be ridiculous and you have to be funny and you have to give the fan experience something to grasp onto. Because if you look at a fan and they wave to you and you turn the other cheek or you don't acknowledge that, that's the day where they are like, why am I coming here, because it's not hard. It's not hard when someone smiles, waves or gives you a little bit of attention to wave back, to wink, to acknowledge that you know that they are there, okay. That for a fan is huge. For a professional athlete or a celebrity athlete or celebrity, period, to acknowledge somebody in any form of way, makes a difference.
And we all have to do it. I don't care how big you are, I don't care how much money you make, a wave, a handshake, a smile, anything, makes a huge difference. Everybody has got to, because the day that somebody turns their back on me, is the day that I will never watch that person again. To me I think hockey players are the best. I think they are the best at it and we have to do more of it.
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