NHL legend Jeremy Roenick says he's very lucky he didn't get MURDERED BY AN ALLIGATOR back in October ... but says he has no regrets about trying to wrestle it on a golf course.
Video of Roenick trying to jump on the gator went viral recently -- with people saying Jeremy should count his blessings that he didn't get ripped to shreds.
Now, Jeremy finally broke his silence about the whole thing to TMZ Sports ... saying the reason he did it ... was because he wasn't thinking straight!!!
"It was pretty cool."
Ya gotta watch the video.
By the way, we also asked Roenick about golfing with his buddy Wayne Gretzky ... and he told us The Great One's game has gotten WAYYYY better thanks to one dude.