Jaromír Jágr

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Jaromír Jágr
Jagr Czech1.png
Born (1972-02-15) February 15, 1972 (age 43)
Kladno, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Florida Panthers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Washington Capitals
New York Rangers
Philadelphia Flyers
Dallas Stars
Boston Bruins
New Jersey Devils
HC Kladno
Avangard Omsk
National team  Czech Republic 
NHL Draft 5th overall, 1990
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 1988–present

Jaromír Jágr (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjaromiːr ˈjaːɡr̩]; born February 15, 1972) is a Czech professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has formerly played in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils, serving as captain of the Penguins and the Rangers. After leaving the Rangers, he played for three seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) with Avangard Omsk before returning to the NHL with the Flyers.

Jágr is the leading point scorer among active NHL players.[1] He is the most productive European player who has ever played in the NHL and is considered one of the greatest professional hockey players of all time. At age 43 he is the oldest player in the NHL, and is the oldest player to record a hat-trick.[2]

Jágr was the fifth overall selection in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft and remains the only player still active in the NHL from the 1990 Draft. He won consecutive Stanley Cups in the 1991 and 1992 seasons with the Penguins. Individually, he has won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL scoring champion five times (four times in a row), the Lester B. Pearson Award for the NHL's outstanding player as voted by the NHL Players' Association (NHLPA) three times and the Hart Memorial Trophy as the League's most valuable player once, while being a finalist an additional four times.

For two decades, from 1981 to 2001, only three players won the Art Ross Trophy as the leading point-scorer over the regular season: Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Jágr. Jágr has won the award the most of any non-Canadian player.

Jágr is also one of only 26 hockey players in the Triple Gold Club, individuals who have played for teams that have won the Stanley Cup (1991, 1992), the Ice Hockey World Championships (2005, 2010) and the Olympic gold medal in ice hockey (1998). Jágr is one of only two Czech players (the other being Jiří Šlégr) in the Club, achieving this feat in 2005.[3] Jágr was the Czech Republic's flag bearer at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Career overview[edit]

Jágr began skating at the age of three, and he immediately showed exceptional abilities. At the age of 16, he was playing at the highest level of competition in Czechoslovakia for HC Kladno.

Pittsburgh Penguins (1990–2001)[edit]

Jágr was the first Czechoslovakian player to be drafted by the NHL without first having to defect to the West; his selection in the NHL draft came as the Iron Curtain was falling.[4] Because of this, after Jágr was taken by the Pittsburgh Penguins with the fifth overall pick in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, he was able to come immediately to North America from Czechoslovakia. He was a supporting player with the powerhouse Penguins that won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992. He was one of the youngest players in NHL history, at 20 years of age, to score a goal in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Before he had a clear grasp of the English language, Jágr could be heard reading the daily weather forecast on Pittsburgh radio station WDVE in his broken, thickly accented English. He and teammate (and fellow countryman) Jiří Hrdina were promoted as the "Czechmates," a play on the term "checkmate" from chess. He would also play Scrabble in an attempt to increase his English vocabulary. Some Penguins fans realized that the letters in his first name could be scrambled to form the anagram "Mario Jr.," a reference to teammate Mario Lemieux.

In the 1994–95 season, Jágr won his first Art Ross Trophy as the scoring champion of the NHL. He tied Eric Lindros with 70 points but won based on his 32 goals to Lindros' 29. The next year, Jágr set a record for most points, 149, by a European-born player. Both his 62 goals and 87 assists from that season still stand as career-highs. His 1995–96 totals for assists and points stand as the records for right-wingers in those categories. After the 1997–98 season, captain Ron Francis signed with the Carolina Hurricanes, leaving Jágr the Penguins' captaincy. From 1997–98 to 2000–01, Jágr would win four-straight NHL scoring titles. In 1999, he would win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player, as well as the Lester B. Pearson Award. In 1998, he led the Czech Republic to a gold medal at the Nagano Olympics.

On December 30, 1999, Jágr scored three goals and four assists for a career high seven-point night against the New York Islanders. (He would later match this feat on January 11, 2003, by once again scoring three goals and four assists in a game against the Florida Panthers whilst playing for the Washington Capitals.)

In 2000–01, Jágr was struggling to find his scoring touch and faced criticisms about his relationship with coach Ivan Hlinka.[5] With the return of Mario Lemieux from retirement, the Penguins had two superstars, but friction developed between the two; Jágr held the captaincy but many fans regarded Lemieux as the talisman of the team. Additionally, the struggling, small-market Penguins could, with Lemieux back, no longer hope to afford Jágr's massive salary. Thus, on July 11, 2001, the organization traded him, along with František Kučera, to Washington in exchange for Kris Beech, Michal Sivek and Ross Lupaschuk.

In 806 games with Pittsburgh, Jágr became only the second player, after Lemieux, to score 1,000 points in a Penguins sweater. Jágr currently sits second behind Lemieux in all offensive categories in franchise history.

Washington Capitals (2001–2004)[edit]

Later that same year, the Capitals signed Jágr to the then-largest contract ever in NHL history at $77 million over seven years, an average annual value of $11 million, with an option for an eighth year. Jágr, however, did not live up to expectations in Washington, as the Capitals failed to defend their division title and missed the playoffs in 2002. For the first time during his tenure with the Capitals, Jágr failed to finish among the NHL's top scorers, make the post-season or make the NHL All-Star Team. During the summer of 2002, the Capitals reunited Jágr with former linemate Robert Lang. In 2002–03, Washington managed to finish sixth overall in the Eastern Conference, but lost to the upstart Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the 2003 playoffs despite winning the series' first two games.

The lack of organizational success prompted the Capitals to unload much of their high-priced talent in order to save money—not just a cost-cutting spree, but also an acknowledgement that their attempt to build a contender with high-priced veteran talent had failed. Disgruntled, Washington ownership spent much of 2003 trying to trade Jágr, but a year before a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) was to be signed, few teams were willing to risk $11 million on Jágr.

On January 23, 2004, Jágr was eventually traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for Anson Carter and an agreement that Washington would pay approximately $4 million per year of Jágr's salary. Jágr also agreed to defer (with interest) $1 million per year for the remainder of his contract to allow the trade to go through.[6]

New York Rangers (2004–2008)[edit]

Jágr with the Rangers in the 2008 playoffs.

Due to the new CBA signed before the start of the 2005–06 season, Jágr's salary was subsequently reduced to $7.8 million, the maximum allowed under the terms of the new salary cap.

During the NHL labor dispute in 2004–05, he had played for HC Kladno in the Czech Republic, and afterward for Avangard Omsk in the Russian Superleague (RSL).

Jágr led the Czech Republic to gold at the 2005 World Hockey Championships in Austria and was elected a tournament all-star in the process. He also became a member of hockey's prestigious Triple Gold Club, players who have won a Stanley Cup, a World Hockey Championship and an Olympic gold medal.

Prior to the 2005–06 season, the Rangers had missed the playoffs for seven consecutive seasons. Following the fire sale of the high-priced, underachieving veterans that made up the team's roster, as well as the retirement of long-time captain Mark Messier, many experts picked the Rangers to be the worst team in the NHL. Jágr disagreed and promised the team would surprise a lot of people and make the Stanley Cup playoffs. He started strong during the beginning of the 2005 season and the return from the lockout of the NHL. He became only the fourth player in NHL history to score ten or more goals in less than ten games at the start of a season. His return to dominance helped the Rangers return to the Stanley Cup playoffs, but injuries to Jágr and others contributed to a four game sweep in the first round by the rival New Jersey Devils.

Jágr scored his 1,400th point on a power play goal against the Philadelphia Flyers on March 2, 2006, pushing him past Jari Kurri into second place all-time among European-born players. He later passed Stan Mikita to become the all-time leader.

On March 18, 2006, against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jágr became only the sixth Rangers player in team history to break the 100-point barrier, and became the only Ranger right winger to score 100 points in a season.

On March 27, 2006, against the Buffalo Sabres, Jágr had a goal and an assist, which tied both the Rangers' single-season goal record of 52 (Adam Graves, 1993–94) and the Rangers' single season points record of 109 (Jean Ratelle, 1971–72). Two nights later, on March 29, Jágr passed Ratelle when he assisted on Petr Průcha's first-period goal against the New York Islanders' Rick DiPietro. On April 8, against the Boston Bruins, Jágr scored his NHL-leading 53rd goal of the season, breaking the Rangers' single-season goals record.[7]

 Jágr, a caucasian man with short, brown hair, has his head turned down slightly and is wearing a black suit and tie with a white dress shirt.
Jágr at the 2006 NHL Awards Show

After leading the League in points and goals for most of 2005–06, Jágr was surpassed by the San Jose Sharks' duo of Joe Thornton (125 points) and Jonathan Cheechoo (56 goals), losing both the Art Ross and Maurice Richard trophies in the final week of the season. Jágr finished with 123 points, 54 goals and 24 power-play goals, second in the League in all three categories. He also finished third in the NHL in both assists (69) and plus-minus (+34). However, just as in Washington, playoff success was not to be for Jágr, whose Rangers were swept in four games by New Jersey. In the series, he suffered a dislocated shoulder in the third period of the first game of the series, which kept him from playing at his top form for the rest of the series. Jágr had surgery on the shoulder after the Rangers were eliminated from the playoffs.[8]

Despite being inched out by Thornton for the Art Ross Trophy and Hart Trophy (league MVP), Jágr won his third Lester B. Pearson Award as the NHL's most outstanding player. During his acceptance speech for the Award, Jágr said, "With this award, you get voted on by players you play against every night and I think they understand the game better than the media."[4] He has been named to seven NHL First All-Star Teams.

On October 5, 2006, before the first game of the 2006–07 NHL season against his former team Washington, Jágr was named as the 24th captain in the history of the New York Rangers, replacing Mark Messier, who had retired before the 2005–06 season. Jágr then proceeded to score a goal on his very first shift in the game, just under 30 seconds into the new season.

On November 19, 2006, Jágr scored his 600th career NHL goal on Tampa Bay goaltender Johan Holmqvist, making him the 16th player in NHL history to do so. Power play linemate Brendan Shanahan had scored his 600th goal almost three weeks earlier, making them the first teammates in NHL history to score their 600th goal in the same season.

On February 10, 2007, against Washington, Jágr earned an assist on a goal by Michal Rozsíval to record his 1,500th career point. He is only the 12th NHLer to reach this mark, and the fourth fastest player to do so after Marcel Dionne, Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky.

On April 5, 2007, against the Montreal Canadiens, Jágr scored his 30th goal of the 2006–07 season to record 15 consecutive seasons of 30 or more goals, tying the NHL record held by Mike Gartner.

After a regular season slowed by a weak shoulder, Jágr then led the New York Rangers to a sweep of the Atlanta Thrashers in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the Rangers would fall to the Buffalo Sabres in Game 6 of the Conference Semifinals.

On November 14, 2007, against New Jersey, Jágr scored his fourth goal of the 2007–08 season at the Prudential Center in Newark, making him the first player to score a goal in 53 different NHL arenas.

Avangard Omsk (2008–2011)[edit]

On July 3, 2008, Jágr, an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career, was informed by Rangers General Manager Glen Sather that the club would not re-sign him. Sather admitted that the two sides never engaged in detailed negotiations for a new contract, and that after many months of speculation, Jágr was "seriously considering" going to Russia to finish his career, despite offers from other NHL teams.[9] Jágr expressed a desire to possibly finish out his career at his father's club, HC Kladno.[10] On July 4, Jágr agreed to a two-year contract with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL); the deal was reported to pay Jágr the equivalent of US$5 million annually.[11]

Jágr was named Avangard's captain on January 30, 2009. As a member of Avangard, Jágr was sitting next to Alexei Cherepanov, a first-round pick of the New York Rangers, who died during a game against Vityaz Chekhov. They were discussing the past shift when the 19-year-old Cherepanov collapsed onto Jágr on the bench at the Ice Hockey Center 2004 in Chekov.

In April 2009, Jágr publicly stated an interest in returning to the NHL, stating that he really just needed a break from the pressures of an 82-game NHL schedule. Jágr, who claimed to have lost 15 pounds since his last NHL season, and who was "practicing a lot harder than [he] ever did in [his] life", stated he would be interested in joining the Edmonton Oilers because of the interest they showed in July 2008.[12] Following the expiration of his original contract with Avangard, however, Jágr re-signed with Avangard for the 2010–11 season.[13]

Return to the NHL (2011–present)[edit]

Jágr with the Flyers in 2011

On July 1, 2011, Jágr returned to the NHL, but rather than signing with his original NHL team in Pittsburgh, he opted to sign a one-year, $3.3 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers, the Penguins' cross-state rival.[14] He scored his 1,600th NHL point during his debut game with the Flyers, assisting on a Claude Giroux goal as the Flyers won their season opener 2–1 over Boston on October 6, 2011. Typically playing on the first line with Giroux and Scott Hartnell, Jágr was among the top scorers during the start of the 2011–12 season. He scored his first and second goals as a Flyer on October 24 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.[15] On October 29, 2011, he scored his 650th and 651st NHL goals against the Carolina Hurricanes.[16] He scored his only goal of the 2012 playoffs during Philadelphia's series with Pittsburgh. The Flyers were ultimately eliminated by the eventual Eastern Conference champion New Jersey.

On July 3, 2012, Jágr signed a one-year deal, reportedly worth $4.5 million, with the Dallas Stars. The signing marked Jágr's first time playing for a club in the Western Conference. Jágr said during a conference call two days later that the Montreal Canadiens had been his first choice as a free agent. "I always wanted to play in Canada and I wanted to go to Montreal if I had a chance, but Montreal wasn't interested," Jágr said. "All of a sudden I got a phone call from Stars' general manager Joe Nieuwendyk that Dallas was interested."[17]

During the NHL lockout in 2012–13, Jágr played for his own team, Rytíři Kladno, in the Czech Extraliga. During the lockout, he scored 24 goals and 33 assists in 34 games and, before leaving Kladno for the Stars, was in second place of Czech Extraliga's scoring list. After the NHL lockout ended, he made his debut as a Star on January 19, 2013, when he tallied two goals and two assists in a 4–3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.[18]

Jágr hit the 1,000-assist mark on March 29, 2013, against the Minnesota Wild, becoming just the 12th player to do so and the first non-Canadian NHLer to reach the milestone.[19]

On April 2, 2013, Jágr was traded to the Boston Bruins in exchange for two prospects and a draft pick.[20] He made his Bruins debut on April 4, scoring the lone goal in Boston's 1–0 win over the New Jersey Devils,[21] and with his second Bruins goal, the first scored in a 3–0 shutout over the Florida Panthers on April 21, 2013, Jágr tied the record for the most game-winning goals in an NHL career (118), previously set by past Bruin great Phil Esposito.[22]

With the Bruins during the 2013 Eastern Conference Final

When Jágr played in the first game of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals, he set a new record for the longest gap between Finals appearances at 21 years, surpassing the previous record of 19 years, which was established by Gary Roberts in 2008;[23] coincidentally, both instances involved someone with the Penguins at one end of those streaks. Also coincidental was that, as in his previous Stanley Cup appearance, Jágr's opponents were the Chicago Blackhawks. After the Bruins lost the Finals to Chicago, the team announced on June 26, 2013, that they had no intention of re-signing Jágr.[24]

On July 22, 2013, Jágr agreed to a one-year deal with the New Jersey Devils. The deal included $2 million guaranteed and another $2 million incentive if Jágr were to play at least 40 games.[25] Jágr, at age 41, hoped to help replace the loss of Ilya Kovalchuk for the Devils, who had previously departed for the KHL. Jágr scored his first goal as a Devil on October 7, 2013, in a 5–4 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers.[26] The goal came on the 23rd anniversary of his first NHL goal which, coincidentally, was against the Devils.

On November 21, 2013, Jágr tied Gordie Howe's record of game-winning goals with 121, with his 690th goal, which tied him in ninth place (with former teammate Mario Lemieux) for all-time goal-scoring leaders.[27] On December 20, he scored his 693rd goal, putting him in eighth place over Steve Yzerman.[28] A day later, Jágr tied Mark Messier for seventh place in NHL history for goals scored with 694.[29] Later in the season, on January 14, 2014, he scored his 695th goal, passing Messier,[30] putting him 14 goals away from passing Mike Gartner. On March 1, Jágr scored his 700th career NHL goal as the Devils won 6–1 against the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.[31] On April 8, near the conclusion of the Devils' season, he was awarded the New Jersey Devils MVP Award at their annual team awards ceremony. He scored two points in his final game of the season (two assists in the third period) and in doing so surpassed Gordie Howe for eighth place on the NHL's all-time list for career assists whilst tying Steve Yzerman for sixth on the all-time points list at 1,755.[32] Jágr finished the season as the team's leading scorer, with his highest points total in a season since 2007–08. Jágr's play led the Devils to re-sign him to another one-year contract on April 30.[33] He became the joint sixth-highest scorer in NHL history in November 2014 after scoring his 708th NHL goal for the Devils against Boston.[34] On December 8, in his 1,500th NHL game, he moved ahead of Marcel Dionne for fifth place on the NHL's all-time points list with 1,772.[35] On January 3, 2015, Jágr became the oldest player in NHL history to score a hat trick at 42 years and 322 days, coming against the Philadelphia Flyers.[36] The record was previously held by Detroit Red Wings defenceman Nicklas Lidström.

On February 26, 2015, the Devils traded Jágr to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and a third-round pick in 2016.[37] He made his team debut on February 28 in a 5–3 Panthers win over the Buffalo Sabres and registered his first points with the team in the following game on March 1, posting a goal and an assist in a 4–3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.[38] On March 19, Jágr scored his 718th career goal against Detroit to move him past Phil Esposito and fifth on the all-time goal scoring list.[39] In an April 9 4–2 Panthers victory over the Bruins, Jágr registered two assists to give him 1,800 career points in the NHL and sole possession of fourth place on the all-time points list, surpassing former Penguins teammate Ron Francis.[40] On April 11, in the Panthers' season finale, Jagr reached 2,000 NHL points (including playoff games) when he assisted on a Jonathan Huberdeau goal. He then scored his 800th NHL goal (including playoffs) later in the third period.[41] On April 12, one day after the end of the 2014–15 season, Jágr signed a one-year contract extension with Florida.[42]

Off-ice incidents[edit]

Although he has repeatedly denied that he has a gambling problem, he admitted in 2003 that he settled debts totaling US$950,000 with two internet gambling sites between 1998 and 2002. The first of these incidents centered on Belize-based website CaribSports and its owner, William Caesar, to which Jágr owed $500,000. Sports Illustrated reported that Jágr agreed to make monthly payments to Caesar to settle the debt, and Caesar leaked the story to the press when Jágr stopped making payments.[43] In 2003, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) filed a $3.27 million lien against him for unpaid taxes for the 2001 tax year. Only a few months before, Jágr had settled a $350,000 claim for taxes dating to 1999.[43] In the summer of 2006, Jágr sued his former accountant over a tax form that was supposed to have been filed in 2003, claiming that the form would have saved him $6 million had it been filed in a timely fashion.[44]

Personal life[edit]

Jágr resides in the Czech Republic during the off-season. His father, also named Jaromír Jágr, owns a chain of hotels and serves as president of HC Kladno.[45]

Jágr wears the number 68, which he has worn through his entire career, in honour of the Prague Spring that occurred in Czechoslovakia in 1968 and his grandfather, who died while in prison that same year.[46] In any interviews when asked about his number Jágr explains that he wears it not due to bad relations to Russian people, but rather due to disaffection with Communism.[46]

Jágr has been a long-time supporter of the liberal conservative Civic Democratic Party, stating in 2004 that he "had always" voted for the party. In the previous election, he appeared on the party's billboards and was among its sponsors.[47]

On May 26, 2010, Jágr announced he was backing the Civic Democrats and its leader Petr Nečas. At the press conference, he said, "I realize that there will be elections in two to three days. I would like their outcome to be good."[48] He also urged the party not to forget about sports when distributing money. "We all know what would happen if the young did not practice any sport. If children practice some sport, they do not have time for other things such as alcohol."[48]

Jágr is an Orthodox Christian; he was baptized in 2001 by Prague's metropolitan.[49] He began to speak more publicly about his faith during his three-year stint in Russia (a historically Orthodox nation).[50]

International play[edit]

Jaromir Jagr Russia vs. Czech Republic.jpg
Jágr during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for  Czech Republic
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1998 Nagano
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Turin
World Cup
Bronze medal – third place 2004 World Cup
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2005 Vienna
Gold medal – first place 2010 Cologne
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Bratislava
European Champions Cup
Gold medal – first place 2005 Saint Petersburg
Competitor for  Czechoslovakia
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1990 Bern
European Junior Championship
Silver medal – second place 1989 Kiev
World Junior Championship
Bronze medal – third place 1990 Finland

Jágr has represented his country many times. In 1994, he and Martin Straka arrived in the middle of the 1994 World Championships after Pittsburgh's elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs. Czech fans' expectations were high as Jágr was an NHL star, but before the team was able to integrate him into the team, the Czechs lost their quarterfinal game and were eliminated from tournament. Jágr was also hurt in numerous other games.

The 1996 World Cup of Hockey also did not see Jágr at his best. His performance was hampered by the flu and it only underscored the poor play of the whole team — after losing 7–3 to Finland, 3–0 to Sweden and even 7–1 to a relatively weak Germany, the team did not qualify for the tournament's playoffs.

The team's recent failures, however, were mitigated in 1998 when the Czech Republic won the men's gold medal in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. It was only the third gold medal for Czech or Czechoslovak sportsmen from the Winter Olympics and it is still fondly remembered.

Jágr did not play in the 1996, 1999, 2000 nor 2001 World Championships in which the Czech Republic won the gold medals. He was, however, a member of the team at the 2004 World Championship in Prague, where the expectations were high. After the team won all the games in the group, however, they lost in the quarterfinals game, stumbling out of the tournament.

It was the 2005 edition of the tournament that finally brought a gold medal to Jágr. Although he broke his finger in an early game against Germany, he played with it bandaged during the rest of the tournament and led his team to victory.

More injuries struck Jágr in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. He was injured after a hit from Finland's Jarkko Ruutu, requiring stitches to his eyebrow. The injury, however, was not as serious as first anticipated, and Jágr was able to play in the following games, though he was unable to finish the bronze medal game due to muscle injury. Despite the trouble, Jágr won his second-career Olympic medal, the bronze. In 2010, Jágr was his nation's flag bearer at the 2010 Winter Olympics, but in the men's ice hockey tournament, the Czechs finished a disappointing seventh after a defeat in the quarterfinals to Finland. Jágr again represented his country at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, scoring two goals and one assist in five games as the Czech Republic again lost in the quarterfinals.

After losing to Sweden in a battle for a bronze medal on 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus, Jágr announced the end of his career in international play with the Czech national team, focusing his efforts on returning to the NHL post-season after New Jersey failed to qualify in 2014.[51] Jágr, however, stepped back from his decision[52] after being called up to the Czech team for the 2015 IIHF World Championship in Prague and Ostrava,[53] making the team's roster.[54] On May 1, he scored a goal in the Czechs' 6–5 loss to Sweden, his 50th for the national team, to become the oldest player to score at the World Championship.[55] In the Czech Republic's quarterfinal game against Finland, Jágr scored one assist and two goals, including the game-winning goal.[56] At the end of the tournament, despite the Czechs' loss in the bronze medal game, Jágr was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.[57]

NHL records[edit]

These records are as of October 7, 2015.

  • Most career game-winning goals – 129
  • Most career overtime goals – 20
  • Most career assists by a right wing - 1080
  • Most single-season points by a right wing – 149
  • Most single-season assists by a right wing – 87
  • Most single-season points by a European-born player – 149
  • Most single-season assists by a European-born player – 87
  • Most career goals by a European-born player – 722
  • Most career assists by a European-born player – 1,080
  • Most career points by a European-born player – 1,802
  • Most career game-tying goals by a European-born player – 11 (Tied with Teemu Selänne)
  • Most career shots on goal by a European-born player – 5,281
  • Most career playoff game-winning goals by a European-born player – 16
  • Most consecutive 30-goal seasons (19912007) – 15 (Shared with Mike Gartner, including the shortened 1994–95 season, 48 games)
  • Most consecutive 70-point seasons (15) (including the shortened 1994–95 NHL season, 48 games)
  • Longest gap between Stanley Cup Finals appearances – 21 years
  • Only player to play in the Stanley Cup Finals as a teenager and at over 40 years of age
  • Oldest player to score 60 points in a season.
  • Oldest NHL Player to score a hat-trick (42 years and 322 days old).

Pittsburgh Penguins records[edit]

Pittsburgh Penguins, 1990–1992 Stanley Cup Champions
  • Most single-season points by a right wing – 149
  • Most single-season assists by a right wing – 87
  • Most single-season assists by a European-born player – 87
  • Most single-season power-play goals by a European-born player – 20
  • Most single-season game-winning goals – 12
  • Most single-season shots on goal – 403
  • Most career points by a right wing – 1,079
  • Most career points by a European-born player – 1079
  • Most career goals by a right wing – 439
  • Most career goals by a European-born player – 439
  • Most career assists by a right wing – 640
  • Most career assists by a European-born player – 640
  • Most career playoff game-winning goals – 78
  • Most career power-play goals by a right wing – 110
  • Most career power-play goals by a European-born player – 110
  • Most career shorthanded goals by a European-born player – 9
  • Most career overtime goals – 9
  • Most career game-tying goals – 10
  • Most career shots on goal by a right wing – 2,911
  • Most career shots on goal by a European-born player – 2,911
  • Most career playoff goals by a right wing – 65
  • Most career playoff goals by a European-born player – 65
  • Most career playoff points by a right wing – 147
  • Most career playoff points by a European-born player – 147
  • Most career playoff shorthanded goals by a right wing – 2 (Tied with Ed Olczyk)
  • Most career playoff shorthanded goals by a European-born player – 2
  • Most career playoff game-winning goals – 14
  • Most career playoff overtime goals – 4
  • Most career playoff shots on goal – 461
  • Most career playoff power-play goals by a right wing – 19
  • Most career playoff power-play goals by a European-born player – 19

New York Rangers records[edit]

  • Most single-season goals (2005–06) – 54
  • Most single-season points (2005–06) – 123
  • Most single-season power-play goals (2005–06) – 24
  • Most single-season shots on goal (2005–06) – 368
  • Most single-season game-winning goals (2005–06) – 9 (Tied with Mark Messier 1996–97 and Don Murdoch 1980–81)
  • Most single-season assists by a right wing (2005–06) – 69

NHL scoring achievements[edit]

Jágr is currently fourth in NHL career regular season points and is fifth in career playoff points.

He is also currently amongst the career leaders in several other major NHL regular season statistical categories: goals (5th), assists (6th), games played (10th), overtime goals (1st), game-winning goals (1st), power play goals (13th), points per game (17th) and shots on goal (3rd).

Also amongst all-time leaders in NHL playoff statistical categories, Jágr ranks in the top 20 in points (5th), goals (11th), assists (T-9th), overtime goals (T-2nd), game-winning goals (8th), games played (T-16th), power play goals (T-15th) and shots on goal (5th).


Jágr with the Bruins awarded the Prince of Wales Trophy following their Eastern Conference Finals series sweep over the Pittsburgh Penguins.


Award Year(s) awarded
Art Ross Trophy 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001[58]
Hart Memorial Trophy 1999[59]
Lester B. Pearson Award 1999, 2000, 2006[60]
NHL All-Rookie Team 1991[61]
12× NHL All-Star Game selection 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004[62]
NHL First All-Star Team 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006[63]
NHL Second All-Star Team 1997[63]
Stanley Cup champion 1991, 1992[62]

Czech awards[edit]

Award Year(s) awarded
Czech Sportsperson of the Year (individual) 2005[64]
Czech Sportsperson of the Year (team) 1998, 2005, 2010[64]
Golden Hockey Stick 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2014[64]


Jaromir Jagr, ice hockey champion 2010
Award Year(s) awarded
WC All-Star Team 2004, 2005, 2011,[65] 2015
WC Best Forward 2011[66]
WC Most Valuable Player 2015


Award Year(s) awarded
Continental Cup 2011[67]
KHL All-Star Game 2009, 2010, 2011


Award Year(s) awarded
Six Nations Tournament champion 1995
Best NHL Player ESPY Award 2006
Medal of Merit (second grade) 2010

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1984–85 HC Kladno Jr. TCH-Jr. 34 24 17 41  —
1985–86 HC Kladno Jr. TCH-Jr. 36 41 29 70
1986–87 HC Kladno Jr. TCH-Jr. 30 35 35 70
1987–88 HC Kladno Jr. TCH-Jr. 35 57 27 84
1988–89 HC Kladno TCH 29 3 3 6 4 10 5 7 12 0
1989–90 HC Kladno TCH 42 22 28 50 9 8 2 10
1990–91 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 27 30 57 42 24 3 10 13 6
1991–92 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 70 32 37 69 34 21 11 13 24 6
1992–93 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 34 60 94 61 12 5 4 9 23
1993–94 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 32 67 99 61 6 2 4 6 16
1994–95 HC Kladno CZE 11 8 14 22 10
1994–95 HC Bolzano ITL 6 8 8 16 4
1994–95 Schalker Sharks Ger.2 1 1 10 11 0
1994–95 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 48 32 38 70 37 12 10 5 15 6
1995–96 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82 62 87 149 96 18 11 12 23 18
1996–97 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 63 47 48 95 40 5 4 4 8 4
1997–98 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 77 35 67 102 64 6 4 5 9 2
1998–99 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 44 83 127 66 9 5 7 12 16
1999–00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 63 42 54 96 50 11 8 8 16 6
2000–01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 52 69 121 42 16 2 10 12 18
2001–02 Washington Capitals NHL 69 31 48 79 30  —  —  —  —
2002–03 Washington Capitals NHL 75 36 41 77 38 6 2 5 7 2
2003–04 Washington Capitals NHL 46 16 29 45 26
2003–04 New York Rangers NHL 31 15 14 29 12
2004–05 HC Kladno CZE 17 11 17 28 16
2004–05 Avangard Omsk RSL 32 16 22 38 63 11 4 10 14 22
2005–06 New York Rangers NHL 82 54 69 123 72 3 0 1 1 2
2006–07 New York Rangers NHL 82 30 66 96 78 10 5 6 11 12
2007–08 New York Rangers NHL 82 25 46 71 58 10 5 10 15 12
2008–09 Avangard Omsk KHL 55 25 28 53 62 9 4 5 9 4
2009–10 Avangard Omsk KHL 51 22 20 42 50 3 1 1 2 0
2010–11 Avangard Omsk KHL 49 19 31 50 48 14 2 7 9 8
2011–12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 73 19 35 54 30 11 1 7 8 2
2012–13 HC Kladno CZE 34 24 33 57 28
2012–13 Dallas Stars NHL 34 14 12 26 20
2012–13 Boston Bruins NHL 11 2 7 9 2 22 0 10 10 8
2013–14 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 24 43 67 46
2014–15 New Jersey Devils NHL 57 11 18 29 42
2014–15 Florida Panthers NHL 20 6 12 18 6
CZE totals 133 68 95 163 50 19 13 9 22 0
RSL/KHL totals 187 82 102 184 223 37 11 30 41 34
NHL totals 1550 722 1080 1802 1053 202 78 121 199 159


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1989 Czechoslovakia EJC 2nd 5 8 4 12 2
1990 Czechoslovakia WJC 3rd 7 5 13 18 6
1990 Czechoslovakia WC 3rd 10 3 2 5 2
1991 Czechoslovakia CC 6 5 1 0 1 0
1994 Czech Republic WC 7 3 0 2 2 2
1996 Czech Republic WCH 8 3 1 0 1 2
1998 Czech Republic OG 1st 6 1 4 5 2
2002 Czech Republic OG 7 4 2 3 5 4
2002 Czech Republic WC 5 7 4 4 8 2
2004 Czech Republic WC 7 5 4 9 6
2004 Czech Republic WCH 3rd 5 1 1 2 2
2005 Czech Republic WC 1st 8 2 7 9 2
2006 Czech Republic OG 3rd 8 2 5 7 6
2009 Czech Republic WC 6 7 3 6 9 0
2010 Czech Republic OG 7 5 2 1 3 6
2010 Czech Republic WC 1st 9 3 4 7 12
2011 Czech Republic WC 3rd 9 5 4 9 4
2014 Czech Republic OG 6 5 2 1 3 2
2014 Czech Republic WC 4 10 4 4 8 12
2015 Czech Republic WC 4 10 6 3 9 8
Junior totals 12 13 17 30 8
Senior totals 111 41 52 93 66


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