An Ode To Jaromir Jagr

Jaromir Jagr has been one of the greatest ever to lace up a pair of skates. His career accolades speak for themselves. To this point, he has amassed 729 career goals and 1086 assists which adds up to 1815 career points in his 21 year career. He started off in Pittsburgh, where he formed one of the most dynamic duos in sports history, as him and Mario Lemieux ran the NHL in the 1990’s. In  the 1995-1996 season, Jagr would score a career high 62 goals and 87 assists. He was traded to the Washington Capitals in 2001 and since that trade he has bounced around the league. Jagr has spent time playing for the New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, New Jersey Devils and currently plays for the Florida Panthers. The thing about the timeless Jagr is that he’s not just a veteran barely playing and just wanting more Stanley Cups. Jaromir is still producing at a pretty good rate. So far this season, he has seven goals and six assists in 15 games. Jagr is on pace for 38 goals, 33 assists and 71 points, which would be his most since the 2007-2008 season. Jaromir Jagr has been one of the best to ever do it and he’s still kicking it in the NHL at the ripe young age of 43. But recently, Jagr has been known more his actions away from the ice instead of on it.

As you may have heard, Jagr had an eventful offseason, cumulating with a run in with a Czech model. Jagr and this model had relations for one night and the morning after, the model decided to take a picture of her and a sleeping Jagr. It’s happened to a few other athletes, like Julian Edelman and James Harden. The model threatened to release the photo on social media if he didn’t pay her. Jagr literally didn’t care and told her to go ahead and do it, which she did. Well the releases of the photo backfired as it turns out the model had a boyfriend on the Czech junior national team. To make matters worse, the boyfriends NHL idol turns out to be the NHL legend. But this little news story was just a blip on the radar for arguably the biggest news story of the NHL season

In the mid 1990’s, to go with his great play on the ice, Jagr also rocked a pretty solid mullet (as you can see in the picture). Before this season, Jagr dropped a big announcement saying that he was bringing his mullet back. Not only is it the best mullet in hockey history, its the greatest in world history. I’m not usually a fan of a mullet, but Jaromir’s is seriously something to admire. Jagr’s play makes him look like he’s back in the 90’s and now he has the look to go with it. I doubt the one he’s growing now will be as good as his in the 90’s, but he’s already proving doubters wrong with his play on the ice.

Jagr’s entire career has been impressive. From his golden years in Pittsburgh, New York and Washington, to his twilight years with Florida, New Jersey and Dallas. But this year might be his best work. Jaromir Jagr won his first Stanley Cup 24 years ago in 1991. Seven players on the Florida Panthers were not even born yet when he won his first Stanley Cup. Jaromir is excelling with players that are half his age. Key players like Jonathan Huberdeau, Aaron Ekblad and Aleksander Barkov. Jagr is not only on the same team as these guys and outplaying them, he’s created great chemistry with them. Jagr seems to be a timeless wonder, in fact, in a recent interview with Scott Powers of ESPN, Jagr said he wanted to play until he’s 50. Jagr still produces at 43 and if he stays healthy, he wants to keep playing. If he keeps keeps producing and his body stays healthy, there’s no reason to think he can’t play until he’s 50.

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  1. David Ellertson Sr says:

    Another great article – I liked the mullet talk!

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