(PHILADELPHIA)–The Calgary Flames (10-8) visit the Philadelphia Flyers FOR AN UNUSUAL 1 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME START, today at Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia. We’ll see how that start affects the Flames as some players are still going back to the hotel after their morning coffee at about the time the team boards the bus to head to the arena.
This venue was home for Jagr’s triumphant return to the NHL in the 2011-12 season following his three years in the KHL. The Flyers were a surprise entry into a field for many observers and fans, especially those of the cross-state Pittsburgh Penguins, who thought Jagr should play for less than some of Pittsburgh’s scrubs and half-season wonders. The media in Pittsburgh was so certain Jagr was going to be a Penguin that they staked out Pittsburgh International Airport days before free agency and were so embarrassed at their rush to judgement that they fueled anger against the former Penguins captain.
The Flyers, meanwhile, had a enjoyable season with Jagr in the black and Orange recording 19 goals and 35 assists for 54 points in 73 games played. The player who gave their team fits in Penguins, Washington and New York Rangers uniforms was greatly appreciated by the Flyers faithful that season, and the respect continues six seasons later.
Jagrometer.com will be in the building today counting Jagr jerseys.
NHL.com’s preview of today’s Flames/Flyers game.
Summary of Flames 8-2 loss to Detroit Thursday night
Jaromir Jagr played a regular season game in his 64th different NHL arena when he played at Little Caesars in Detroit.
The score suggests the Flames were obviously bad. Johnny Gaudreau and Michael Ferland each scored their eighth goals of the season with each assisting on each others goals. For details of the bloodbath which resulted in a one-game suspension for Matthew Tacuk, follow the link to nhl.com’s summary and stats.
The legend was held without a point in the loss and was -1. He did, however, pick up games played in the regular season and regular/season combined categories as seen in today’s updated Jagr-O-Meter.
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.
The group also has a website: http://www.travellingjagrs.com. Follow them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/695821573799933/
Ray Haluska aka Kladno Jagr, curator of the Jagr-O-Meter
Finally, tonight, The Legend Continues.