SUNRISE–The race is getting tight in the Atlantic Division of NHL. Tonight would be an opportune for the Florida Panthers to end their 0-3-1 skid. The Chicago Blackhawks visit the BB&T Center to play Florida tonight The Florida Panthers get All-Star defenseman Aaron Ekblad back in the lineup after four games missed due to a head injury suffered nearly 12 days ago when Florida was playing at Edmonton.
Ekblad’s return comes in time for the Panthers as the Blackhawks are one of the NHL’s best teams and should be out for revenge after seeing their 12-game winning streak snapped at Tampa Bay Friday night.
The Panthers are well rested since losing 4-2 Monday night to Edmonton, the last of three games in four nights. While some players welcome the rest, All-Star right wing Jaromir Jagr insists he’d rather play every day. South Florida newspapers all printed their impressions of his rigorous workout routines. While many people have trouble finding 30 minutes a day to work out, Jagr generally spends about 4.5 hours per day doing various weight-influenced exercises to maintain and sharpen his game.
First from the Miami Herald.
The Sun Sentinel also published a piece on the topic.
Also chiming in was the Palm Beach Post. Bear with their popup and use this as one of their four free articles you can read without subscribing.
Also found it interesting that in addition to game strategy that the younger Panthers are incorporating some of Jagr’s training into their own routines. In the early 2000s Jagr’s routines were a big secret accidently discovered by a New York reporter who honored Jagr’s request not to discuss them publicly. This Sub-titled youtube video shows Jagr demonstrating some of his drills. Subtitles may need activate at the CC sympol at the bottom of the video.
Based on feedback of the first video, he produced a second video which was a mixure of off-ice and on-ice workouts.
It’s exhausting watching this videos! But incorporating any of the drills will make you better than you are today.
With the Blackhawks in town it’s time to remember some Jagr highlights from the 1992 Stanley Cup finals. First the game tying goal from Game 1. The Pittsburgh Penguins fell behind 3-0 in that game and they were running out of time late in the third period. Witnesses to it have never forgotten it.
Three games later the Penguins were on the verge of winning their second straight cup. Near the end of a thrilling 6-5 win at legendary Chicago Stadium, Jagr and linemate Mario Lemieux played keepaway from they opponents, showing great puckhandling ability against a desperate, talented team. You’ll notice some of the things Jagr discussed in the workout videos posted above.
It’s 2016 and the Florida Panthers have a big weekend ahead of them. Chicago Friday night, Tampa Bay Saturday night. Both games at BB&T Center with seats available at panthers.nhl.com.
Assorted Jagr-related links:
Florida Panthers 2015-16 Media Guide
Florida Panthers Team website: http://www.floridapanthers.com
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
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 nhl.com or anyone else out there.
@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
https://twitter.com/CruisingRay or email ROKINRAY@AOL.COM