Jeremy Roenick to Guest Star on ‘Bones’

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Jeremy Roenick will guest star on an upcoming episode of Fox’s Bones, TVInsider has learned exclusively.

Roenick, who spent 18 years in the NHL and was a nine-time All Star, will play himself in the 19th hour of the season. “We’re doing a hockey episode that hopefully we’ll be able to run before the hockey playoffs are done,” says Bones executive producer Jonathan Collier. The Fox drama—which was renewed for a shortened final season—has been off the air since late 2015, and will return with the second half of Season 11 on Thursday, April 14.

Bones star David Boreanaz (Booth) is a vocal lover of sports, and Roenick was on Boreanaz’s beloved Philadelphia Flyers from 2001-2005. (Roenick also played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks.)

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The idea of putting hockey storylines into the long-running show was “99.9999999 percent” inspired by Boreanaz’s love of the sport, executive producer Michael Peterson says. “There’s two hockey [episodes] coming up,” he says. In addition to Episode 19, where the game is tied into the main story, another episode has a subplot “where Booth believes Brennan is a jinx—every time she watches the Flyers, they lose. So, obviously, the superstitious versus the scientific…that was a lot of fun.”

Roenick has popped up on various television shows over the years: He counts NBC’s Go On, HBO’s Arli$$, TNT’s Leverage and CBS’ Ghost Whisperer among his scripted credits.

Bones returns Thursday, April 14 at 8/7c on Fox.