(CALGARY) — Calgary overcame a one-goal deficit to take a 2-1, but then fizzled down the stretch as the visiting Minnesota Wild claimed a 4-2 victory at the Saddledome. The team not only lost the game, but the services of right wing Jaromir Jagr and for a time, defenseman Michael Stone. Jagr was placed on injured reserve by the Flames and will miss at least three games since the earliest he can return is Oct. 29 when Calgary hosts Washington, but it’s too early to know if he will be ready to play then. TheScore.com had a brief release on Jagr’s IR placement Sunday.
Jagr has been one of the NHL’s most durable players in recent years, with two perfect slates in the last four seasons and only 11 games since the 2012-13 season (excluding the first three games of this season which he used to train with the Flames after signing with them the day before the season started. Last year Jagr played all 82 games for Florida, and only left one game early but returned to action the next game. Jagr also played through groin injuries in the early part of the season, and one time nursing those tender muscles in both legs. During the 2015-16 season, Jagr played in 79 of 82 games for Florida and led the team with 66 points. Until we hear the report from the team today, it won’t be foolish to think Jagr could be ready to go for the Flames next game Tuesday at Nashville.
Recap and stats of Saturday’s loss to Minnesota courtesy of nhl.com.
Jagr left the game with a little less than six minutes remaining in the first period. The Czech right wing had one shot on goal in 3:49 of ice time including 3:00 of power play time as the Wild drew some early penalties. Jagr was looking stronger than previous games and after charging toward the net his stick was broke and he skated off the ice and down the runway to the lockerroom.
Jagr wasn’t around long enough to impact the scoresheet, but he did play in his 1716th NHL game. The NHL also noted that counting playoffs, Jagr tied Gordie Howe in total games played with 1724. This category will be tracked on the Jagr-O-Meter.
After the game Jagr was interviewed on Sportsnet’s “After Hours” program. The Canadian sports outlet shared the rare long-form interview afterward. This is one of the more revealing sessions Jagr has held.
The startup on-line sports website The Athletic released a long article on Jagr this week. It’s a pay site but they’ve told us you get all teams, all sports and are not limited to a local market. For the price of a magazine you can be bombarded with more content than you have time to read. Here’s the link to their Jagr article, with a few preview paragraphs before you have to sign enroll.
A message for our Czech readers.
In recent years Czech fans, either visiting from Europe or USA-based, have been seen wearing the #68 Czech national team jersey, wearing wigs like the Travelling Jagrs and waving the Czech flag. Most arenas will allow the flag if you wear it as a cape. Please visit the USA or Canada this year and feel free to write to me for advice on planning your trip. Air BnB is popular for those trying to get the most of their travel budget. Most NHL cities have other interesting things to visit to supplement your vacation to the USA and Canada with enriching experiences.
Assorted Jagr-related links:
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The NHL has several outlets to distribute news on the game and maintains player profile pages which include video highlights.
nhl.com and @nhl on twitter are two great options. Sign up for your favorite teams and get regular reports with them.
nhl.tv is the official page for the subcription service offered by the nhl. Never miss a Jagr game!
Canadian hockey outlets include
American hockey outlets include
Calgary Flames Website:
Some Jagr-related social media accounts:
@68Jagr on twitter. This is the real site, the one and only official Jaromir Jagr twitter account. Postings are rare, but worth the wait.
The two best Jagr facebook pages are:
This is the page Jagr posts on, if he is going to post at all. With 700,000+ followers, he doesn’t monitor the page that closely or answer messages, so don’t be offended.
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.
@NHLFlames is the official twitter of the Calgary Flames.
@EricFrancis writes for the @Calgaryherald.
The following Flames Bloggers should have some Jagr content this season:
@Zdenek_Janda Czech reporter who covers the NHL and reports on other news for the people of the Czech Republic, sometimes from the USA.
@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. Smid now covers international affairs but has remained friends with Jagr through the years. A good follow for his international news. The book is till available on Amazon and ebay, tells the early story of Jagr’s life and career through 1996. Comes with a nice replica autograph inside so don’t be fooled by claims that the book is hand-signed by Jagr unless there’s a second, smaller signature somewhere.
@NHLHistoryGirl This hockey lover shares interesting informational tidbits about hockey and the NHL in general from scholarly research on hockey. She gets an A+ and First Star from us. 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.
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.
@hokej.cz is another Czech hockey site
@deniksport very interested in Jagr and have several reporters who file stories on the Legend.
Tomas Pokorny is a Czech hockey reporter and worth a twitter follow: @topicek
TRAVELLING JAGRS links
@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. This is the official site for the group but is the personal twitter for Dallas Stars Jagr, aka Trevor Freeman
Speaking of pictures or any other inquiries–write to the Travelling Jagrs directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also follow them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/695821573799933/
Ray Haluska aka Kladno Jagr, curator of the Jagr-O-Meter