Roenick doesn't deny comments

Updated: June 29, 2005, 8:40 AM ET
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Jeremy Roenick wasn't misquoted.

However, the Philadelphia Flyers center feels recent comments he made about hockey fans should be considered in the context of the entire interview.

 Jeremy Roenick
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Among his comments Saturday: "We're going to try to make it better for everybody, period, end of subject. And if you don't realize that, then don't come," Roenick said.

"We don't want you at the rink, we don't want you in the stadium, we don't want you to watch hockey," he said at the Mario Lemieux Celebrity Invitational in suburban Pittsburgh.

That and a choice snippet about anatomy garnered plenty of airplay but aren't the whole story, he told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"Before I went into my rant, I was talking about the game of hockey, about getting it back on the ice, about what we have to do for the fans and telling people it's not about who wins or loses, it's about the game," Roenick told the paper.

"But the media picked out the negative stuff ... Don't show snippets of the interview; show the whole interview, the whole message. My message during the interview was: How do we make the game more appealing to the fans?"

During much of the interview, he talked calmly about what needed to be done to get hockey back on its feet. He said the more inflamatory comments came after someone questioned whether fans blame the players for the lockout.

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