The Kladno Knights hockey team Jagr played for as a teen an now owns shared this message on its facebook page:
SUNRISE–Many people would like a day off on their birthday, but Jaromir Jagr will be working for the 10th time in an NHL game on the anniversary of his birth in 1972. In nine previous games Jagr has recorded 3 goals and 6 assists.
He’ll be playing the Pittsburgh Penguins, a team that seemingly has undergone as many ownership changes as his current Florida Panthers team since he came to the NHL in 1990. The 18-year old Jagr was an English-challenged rookie from the Czechoslovakia, which in later years would be separated into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Jagr spent 11 years in Pittsburgh and is second in all offensive scoring categories for that team to Mario Lemieux, a current owner of the team. Playing on two Stanley Cup Winners and winning five scoring titles were some of the statistical highlights. He has always been a fan favorite, much as he has been at most stops in his offensive minded career which has seen him compile 1842 points and a +304 rating in the NHL.
Staying in the game remains a priority for Jagr who has 17 goals and 23 assists for a team-leading 40 points for the upstart Panthers, currently leading the Atlantic Division.
Recently the Panthers have struggled, especially defensively, as defensemen Eric Gudbranson and Captain Willie Mitchell have been sidelined with injuries. Brilliant center Aleksander Barkov, the center of choice for right wing Jagr and left wing Jonathon Huberdeau, has also missed games since suffering a concussion. The result has been Panthers coach Gerard Gallant’s period by period struggle to find the right combination of players to hold down the fort while the Panthers must employ four AHL players until the regulars get healthy.
At times like these the 4.5 hours of workouts a day must hurt a little more, but they are necessary to keep Jagr in the NHL. The work is paying off. Usually done in private he continues to push himselfHe is currently tied for 11th for scoring among the NHL’s 120 players employed at right wing among the NHL’s 30 teams.
As he takes the ice tonight against his former team, he is on the trail of two fellow NHL legends. Jagr’s 739 goals are two less than Brett Hull’s 741, third-best all-time. Jagr also has 1842 points, eight short of tying Gordie Howe for third all-time with 1850.
Earlier in the season the editor of JAGRometer.com spotted Jagr on a Pittsburgh city street. He was thanked for returning to North America for playing hockey for us again. We wish him the good health to continue playing as long as his desire will push him.
A recent video that fits for the day:
Our favorite Jagr goal as a Panther:
It’s in Czech but the video and music make it work:
More for our many Czech visitors:
Keep it going legend
The latest Jagr-O-Meter
Updated Atlantic Division standings
Assorted Jagr-related links:
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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