Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to Jagr fans around the world!
In a rare twitter appearance, Jaromir Jagr sent out this message and picture on Christmas Day:
Forrest Jagr 68- Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know, where are you going to take a picture next year
One of our favorite Czech readers recently shared this photo from year’s past:
This Jagr Christmas video from a few seasons back has rare footage from his KHL days.
Hoping for a healthier legend for the rest of 2017-18!
CALGARY–When the 2017-18 season there were certain things that were expected in the often unpredictable NHL:
1.) The Las Vegas Golden Knights would be far away from first place at the Christmas break. In one of the great stories of the season, the Knights are in first place, with games in hand on the teams close to them!
2.) The Pittsburgh Penguins, slightly retooled after winning their second straight cup, would continue to play at a championship pace. They have not. Today they are three points out of an Eastern Conference wild card spot and 7 points behind third in the rugged Metro Division.
3.) The super healthy and dependable Jaromir Jagr would barely play in more than half of the Flames 36 games. Jagr missed the first three games of the season after signing with the Flames the day the season opened and has missed 14 other random game with a lower body injury. While not publicly stated as the cause for missed games this season, in Jagr’s long career this lower-body ailment has been a groin issue.
One milestone that seemed inevitable this season was Jagr surpassing Gordie Howe for most career games played. But the missed games put him in danger of not making it this season, expected by many to be his last in the NHL.
Twitter user @DidJagrPlay updates Jagr’s status after puck drop a concise presentation that sums things up nicely:
No . Stays at 1730 GP for
@68Jagr. Next GP will tie Ron Francis for 3rd all-time GP, can miss up to another 8 games and still pass Gordie Howe by the end of this season #CofRed @NHLFlames #MTLvsCGY @CruisingRay @68isgr8
Twitter users should add @DidJagrPlay to their follows for the latest update on Jagr’s march to Gordie Howe’s all time record of 1757.
To illustrate the unusual nature of Jagr missing games, please note he has missed only 11 games total since 2012-13 and only three combined in the last two seasons with the Florida Panthers. Earlier in his career, Jagr missed 19 games in each of the 1996-97 and 1999-2000 seasons. Fans frustrated with is injury situation this year should remember that more than a lot of players, he plays if at all possible. He knows fans in North America and Europe come to see him play and signed for a lot less than usual this season because he loves to play. Some of his bonus money is based on games played and for the first time ever some of that money may never be paid if he doesn’t have a run of good health.
Let’s hope for the post-Christmas run for the legend is a time of improved health and production. As it stands, Jagr has one goal and six assists for seven points but is helping the Flames third and fourth lines control the puck as he has a +8 rating in 19 games played.
While you’re waiting for the Christmas feast to finish cooking, enjoy this Jagr highlight video from youtube.
An old Sports Illustrated article from their vaults recently circulated.
Enjoy family and friends this holiday season and let’s hope soon we are enjoying more of Jagr’s on-ice exploits!
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.
@DidJagrPlay–Fan updates this post which monitors Jagr’s games played as he chases Gordie Howe’s all time games played record.
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
The Legend Continues.