COLUMN: My Salute to Jagr

Sunday afternoon the Calgary Flames placed forward Jaromir Jagr on waivers. Jagr cleared waivers and will finish out the season playing in Kladno in the Czech league. This season, he was limited to only 22 games, scoring only one goal, and adding six assists. It appears this will be the last of Jagr we see in the NHL, instead of dwelling on the way it ended, let’s take a look back into the 26-year career that was Jaromir Jagr.

Career Achievements:

Points- 2nd All time (1921)

Goals- 3rd All time (766)

Assists- 5th All time (1155)

Games played- 2nd All time (1733)

Power Play Goals- T – 11th All time

2X Stanley Cup Champion

1X Gold Medalist

2X World Champion

Career Awards:

Art Ross- 1995, 1998, 2000, 2001

Hart Memorial- 1999

Lester B. Pearson Award- 1999, 2000, 2006

Stanley Cup Champion- 1991, 1992

Here are my top 3 favorite Jaromir Jagr goals from his career

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The pure strength and size of Jagr was no match for any team through the 90’s where he completly dominated the NHL. His size matched with the NASTY hands, and amazing skating was just unheard of in this era of hockey. And to think that he was doing this at such a young age and played in the NHL until the age of 45 is truly jaw dropping.

It is sad to see such an amazing career come to an end in such an unfortunate fashion, but the legend that is Jaromir Jagr will forever live on. What Jagr was able to bring to the city of Pittsburgh and to the game of hockey is something no other player in history will be able to do. To be able to play at such a high level for over two decades is nearly impossible, but yet Jagr did just that. From the city of Pittsburgh and the hockey community I salute Jagr to an amazing career.

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