Since 1926 5,592 players have played in the National Hockey League and Jaromir Jagr now has sole possession of the second most points scored ever.
Even though Jaromir Jagr is still playing in the NHL at age 44, there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that he won’t be a first ballot hall of famer whenever he does decide to hang up the skates for good. However, Jagr has shown no signs of slowing down and seemingly breaks new records almost every game he plays in. Last night against the Boston Bruins was no different. After tying Mark Messier for the 2nd most points recorded in the NHL (1,887) it was not a question of if Jagr would break the record, but when.
That question was answered Thursday night when the Panthers rolled into town to play the Bruins. Despite losing the game 3-1, Jagr was able to get an assist on the lone Panthers’ goal and push himself ahead of Messier’s 1,887 points giving him sole possession of second place. After being struck in the side by a Mike Matheson slapshot, Aleksander Barkov scooped up the rebound, getting the Panthers on the board and giving Jagr the point he needed to pass Messier. It may not be how he dreamed it up, but it’s one he’ll never forget.
It’s obvious that no one will ever touch Wayne Gretzky’s record of 2,857 points, but for Jagr to accumulate 1,888 points and play 23 seasons in the NHL is simply remarkable. Jagr is in exclusive company by occupying second place including having more points than Mark Messier, Gordie Howe, Mario Lemieux and Phil Esposito. Not only was he able to amass this many points in an era where scoring is harder than when Gretzky played, Jagr was able to reach the historic mark in 1,663 games, 93 less than it took Messier to set the old record.
He is the only player in NHL history to play in an All-Star game in his teens and forties, appearing in nine All-Star games all together. He’s a two time Stanley Cup Champion. He has won numerous awards and helped lead the Panthers to their second playoff appearance since 1999-2000 last season. By playing in the league for so long it only goes to show how hard Jagr has worked throughout his career to continue to adapt and dominate in the game that he loves.
While Jagr now sits 46 goals back from Gordie Howe for second all time, it could take him a while before he manages to overcome that feat. Although, Jagr has stated that he wants to play until he’s 60, so at this point anything is possible for #68. Who knows, by the time he hangs up the skates for good he may be the second player to ever have his number retired league wide like #99. He may be 44 going on 45, but the future is incredibly bright for Jaromir Jagr.