Panthers start 2016 in second and host New York Rangers Saturday night.

(SUNRISE, FL–Friday’s New Year’s Day Winter Classic saw Montreal annihilate Boston 5-1 and reclaim first place in the Atlantic Division of the Montreal Canadiens.

With two games in two days, Florida has a chance to make up ground on the Canadiens, who have played three more games than the Panthers. Both teams play Tuesday night.

The New York Rangers visiting BB&T Center Saturday night mean another capacity crowd for the Florida Panthers and thus far the home team has not disappointed when the stands are full. Even when a large number of fans are supporting the visitors.

The Panthers leading Jaromir took notice of the loud fans for Montreal and included a windmill in his post-goal celebration during Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Montreal. Big crowds and games against his former employers often bring out the best in Jagr so we’ll see if he has a strong game tonight.

Tickets for this game and all Florida home games can be secured at Fans struggling to get through to the website can call 954-835-PUCK (7825).

The six-game homestand concludes Sunday with a game against the Minnesota Wild.

Some noteworthy tweets from twitter land regarding Jagr.

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    On this date in 1999, Jaromir Jagr had a 7 point night.

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    As a kid, Jaromir Jagr kept a photo of Ronald Reagan hidden in one of his textbooks because he admired Reagan for standing up to communists.

It was published in his 1997 autobiography “Jagr” that the teen-age Jaromir risked severe discipline if he had been caught with that photo.


(EDITOR’S NOTE:  A photo shared on twitter has been removed from this exact spot at the request of the creator). 

We’ll share this again today because it remains the gold standard in articles about Jaromir Jagr. will be in attendance at the BB&T Center for the games with New York and Minnesota.

Assorted Jagr-related links:

Florida Panthers 2015-16 Media Guide

Florida Panthers Team website:

Some Jagr-related  social media accounts:

@68Jagr  This is the real site,  the one and only official Jaromir Jagr twitter account. Postings are rare, but worth the wait. Jagr has been more active on Twitter this season.

The two best Jagr facebook pages are:

 This is the page Jagr posts on, if he is going to post at all.

Another good facebook page is one produced by someone in the Czech Republic. It has more than 100,000 likes. This is not the official page, but it is very good.

@FlaPanthers and @FLAPanthersPR  The official twitter accounts for news about the team.

@dougielarge  Doug Cifu, few owners in sports relate to the fans as much as this man who interacts with fans and media on twitter.

@goldieonice  — Steve Goldstein, TV play-by-play of the Panthers. Brings all those exciting highlights to life.

@DenisPotvinFox — NHL Hall  of  Famer Denis Potvin works along side Goldstein in the booth.

@HeyRedDeer color man Randy Moller who left the radio booth to help Goldstein and Potvin on TV.

@GeorgeRichards  Panthers beat writer for the Miami Herald.

@HFialkov Panthers beat writer for the Sun Sentinel

@AntwanStaley Includes Panthers coverage in his all sports all the time reports

@Cats0ntheprowl twitter for Cats On the Prowl, offering detailed reviews of Panthers  games and more.

@SunshineSkate twitter for The Sunshine Skate, another blog with special emphasis on advanced stats and charts that will make you dizzy.

@Zdenek_Janda  US-based Czech reporter who covers the NHL and reports on other news for the people of the Czech Republic.

@Jsmidcro    Jan Smid was a US-based Czech reporter who collaborated on “Jagr”, an autobiography in the late 90’s detailing Jagr’s early life and career in the NHL.

@NHLHistoryGirl This hockey loving woman shares interesting informational tidbits about hockey and the NHL in general. How does she do it?

@MyRegularFace  She’s another gem. Watches lots of games and gets up GIFs faster than or anyone else out there.

@KrRutherford Kristina Rutherford wrote a great article for Canada’s sportsnet magazine.

Nigel Buchanan, whose superhero treatment of Jagr in his art for sportsnet magazine is one of the many efforts he has on display at

The article was shared by Sportsnet on Dec. 20, 2015.

Quant Hockey: Career stats updated game by game by a hockey lover in Europe. Site enables you to find career leaders in any offensive category by clicking on the category you are researching.

@rytiriKladno The Kladno Hockey Club: Before coming to the NHL Jagr played for this team in the Czech league as a teenager. Now he owns the team. It’s in Czech  but some devices can translate to English.  Follow them at:

@HockeyCzech  National organization for hockey in the Czech Republic.

@68isgr8  is the twitter for The Traveling Jagrs. Clad in different Jagr jerseys and hair styles from 68’s career, they gained league-wide recognition when they caught Jagr’s attention during a pre-game skate of a Dallas Stars game in Canada during the 2012-2013 season. Since then, they convene at games in Western Canada and make a road trip or two every year, playing street hockey with locals, posing for hundreds of pictures, and having a good time with fans while honoring an all-time NHL legend.

Ray Haluska aka Kladno Jagr, curator of the Jagr-O-Meter or email ROKINRAY@AOL.COM

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