Typically at We Talk Fantasy Sports we do not cover much hockey, but an avid hockey fan reached out to us and wanted to know why Jaromir Jagr does not receive the praise and love he deserve from the sports world.
Could it be that playing alongside Mario Lemieux his career was overshadowed?
At the age of 44, Jagr is playing in his 21st NHL Season. Through 72 games this year, Jagr has 25 goals and 58 points - that puts him tied for 34th in goals and 25th in points. Quite impressive for a man who is playing against guys who are half his age.
Playing for his eight NHL team, Jagr is leading the Florida Panthers in goals and points. Currently the Panthers sit atop the Atlantic division in the Eastern Conference with 93 points. Last season the Panthers finished the year with just 91 points, missing the playoffs.
Jaromir Jagr is currently third all time in goals scored, 54 goals behind Gordie Howe for second place. Jagr has played in 145 less career games than Howe.
Jagr is also third all time in points. His 747 goals and 1,113 assists are good for 1,860 career points, just 27 points behind Mark Messier for second best in NHL history. If Jagr comes back for the 2016-2017 season, he will easily surpass Messier. Clearly he would never catch the great one, Wayne Gretzky, who has 2,857 points in just 1,487 games.
During the 1995-1996 season, Jagr put up the best season of his career. That year he scored 62 goals and handed out 87 assists for a career high 149 points.
Jagr would go on to put up three more seasons of 100+ points with the Penguins before playing for the Washington Capitals from 2001-2003. Most people thought his career would start to dwindle as his points dropped into the 70's. But we saw a resurgence in Jagr when he went to play for the New York Rangers. In the 2005-2006 season, Jagr scored 54 goals (his second most in a season) and put up 123 points. He followed that season up with a 96 point season.
From 2012-2015 people once again thought it was the end for Jagr, but this guy just refuses to give up and is having one of those years where he cannot be stopped.
It's going to be fun watching this guy in the playoffs with a good Panthers team. Who knows, maybe Jagr will get to hoist the Stanley Cup Trophy for a third time in his career and the first since 1992. Maybe then major sports companies will talk about how great he is and give him the credit he truly deserves!