Jaromir Jagr passed legend Gordie Howe and moved into third place on the NHL’s all-time scoring list when he tallied an assist Monday night against the Boston Bruins. The assist was point number 1,851 for Jagr, who now trails only Wayne Gretzky (2,857) and Mark Messier (1,887) on the all-time scoring list.
This is one of several impressive records Jagr has broken this season. Earlier in the year, Jagr scored his 742nd career goal, passing Brett Hull for third place on the all-time goals list.
Jagr is a two-time Stanley Cup champion, winning with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and 1992; he played the majority of his career with the Penguins, Capitals and Rangers. Since returning to the NHL in 2011 after spending several seasons in the KHL, Jagr has played for five different teams, including the Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers.
Jagr is a seven-time All Star and a five-time Art Ross Trophy winner; he also won the Hart Trophy in 1999 and the Ted Lindsay Award in 2006.
At age 44, Jagr remains one of the strongest players in the league due to his relentless work ethic and incredible skill. The ageless wonder currently leads the Florida Panthers in points with 49.
The assist that moved him into third place wasn’t exactly vintage Jaromir Jagr. Jagr poked the puck out of the scrum in front of the net, and teammate Aleksander Barkov gathered the puck and fired it past Tuukka Rask. The goal was even challenged by the Bruins for goaltender interference, but the call on the ice stood.
As they say, they don’t ask how, just how many? For Jagr, that number is 1,851 points in 1,613 career games spanning 22 seasons. Messier scored his 1,887 points in 1,756 games, while Gretzky scored his 2,857 points in 1,487 games.
Jagr is one of my all-time favorites to ever play the game of hockey. I have always loved and admired how graceful and dominant he is with the puck, especially for a big man. Consistency is what separates great players from good players, and Jagr is already a legend. What’s even more incredible is that he is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. He is an absolute freak of nature.
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