Passes Gordie Howe for third in NHL history
With NHL point No. 1,851 on Monday, Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr passed Gordie Howe for third place on the League’s all-time scoring list.
Mark Messier is second with 1,887 points. Wayne Gretzky is the League’s all-time points leader with 2,857.
Jagr scored hs 742nd NHL goal against the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 20 to pass Hockey Hall of Fame member Brett Hull for third place on that League list.
Jagr, 44, has played for eight NHL teams during 22 seasons.
He’s a seven-time First-Team NHL All-Star, five-time Art Ross Trophy winner, 1999 Hart Trophy winner, 2006 Ted Lindsay Award winner, and two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and 1992.
The charismatic Czech has more than two decades of memorable dates on his resume.
June 16, 1990: The Pittsburgh Penguins select Jagr in the first round (No. 5) of the 1990 NHL Draft, held at BC Place in Vancouver.
Oct. 7, 1990: Jagr scores his first NHL goal in a 7-4 win against the New Jersey Devils. His first NHL assist comes two weeks later, Oct. 19 against the Buffalo Sabres.
Apr. 5, 1991: Jagr finishes his rookie season with 27 goals and 30 assists in 80 games, and finishes sixth in voting for the Calder Memorial Trophy. He helps the Penguins make the Stanley Cup Playoffs after they missed it the previous season.
May 25, 1991: The Penguins win the Stanley Cup for the first time, defeating the Minnesota North Stars in six games. Jagr finishes the postseason with three goals and 10 assists in 24 games, including five points, all assists, during the Stanley Cup Final.
June 1, 1992: Pittsburgh wins the Stanley Cup for the second consecutive season by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks in four games. Jagr finishes with 11 goals and 13 assists in 21 postseason games, and tied for the lead among players in even-strength goals with nine.
Jan. 19, 1993: Jagr reaches 100 assists in a 5-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks.
Nov. 3, 1993: Jagr reaches 100 goals in a 6-2 win against Buffalo.
July 6, 1995: With 70 points (32 goals, 38 assists) in a shortened 48-game season, Jagr wins the Art Ross Trophy as the League’s leading scorer for the first time. He finishes second in voting to Philadelphia Flyers forward Eric Lindros for the Hart Trophy as the League’s most valuable player.
Feb. 7-22, 1998: Jagr plays for the Czech Republic at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, the first of five times he will play at the Olympics (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014). In the first Olympics to feature NHL players, Jagr has one goal and four assists in six games to help the Czech Republic win the gold medal.
June 1998: Similar to 1995, Jagr wins the Art Ross Trophy but again finishes second in Hart Trophy voting, this time to Sabres goaltender Dominik Hasek.
June 1999: Jagr wins his third Art Ross Trophy with 127 points (44 goals, 83 assists). He also wins his only Hart Trophy and his first of his three Ted Lindsay Awards (formerly Lester B. Pearson Award). He nearly wins the Rocket Richard Award; he was second to Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne, who had 47 goals.
Dec. 30, 2000: Jagr earns his 1,000th NHL point, a second-period goal, in a 5-3 win against the Ottawa Senators.
July 11, 2001: The Penguins trade Jagr and defenseman Frantisek Kucera to the Washington Capitals for forward Kris Beech, forward Michal Sivek, defenseman Ross Lupaschuk and future considerations.
Feb. 4, 2003: Jagr scores his 500th NHL goal with a hat trick in a 5-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The milestone came in his 926th game; making him the 16th player to score 500 goals in fewer than 1,000 games.
Jan. 23, 2004: After signing Jagr to a seven year, $77 million contract shortly after acquiring him, the Capitals trade him to the New York Rangers for forward Anson Carter.
Nov. 19, 2006: Jagr becomes the 16th NHL player to score 600 goals in a 4-1 win against the Lightning.
Nov. 21, 2006: Two nights after reaching the 600-goal mark, Jagr scores twice in a 4-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes. He passes Jari Kurri (601) for most goals by a European-born player in NHL history.
Nov. 25, 2006: Five nights after passing Kurri, Jagr has a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win against the Penguins. With his 1,468th point, he passes Stan Mikita for most points by a European-born player in NHL history.
Feb. 10, 2007: Jagr reaches 1,500 NHL points in a 5-2 win against the Capitals. He becomes the fourth-fastest player in NHL history to do so, after Marcel Dionne, Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky.
April 5, 2007: Jagr scores his 30th goal of the season in a 3-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens, his 15th consecutive 30-goal season, tying the NHL record held by Mike Gartner and marking the last time Jagr eclipsed the 30-goal mark in a season.
July 4, 2008: After not being offered a contract extension by the Rangers, Jagr agrees to a two-year contract with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He spends the next three years playing in Russia.
July 1, 2011: On the first day of the free-agent signing period, Jagr returns to the NHL and signs a one-year, $3.3 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.
July 3, 2012: After one season in Philadelphia, Jagr signs a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Dallas Stars.
March 29, 2013: Jagr becomes the 12th player in NHL history with 1,000 assists in a 5-1 win against the Minnesota Wild.
April 2, 2013: The Stars trade Jagr to the Boston Bruins for forwards Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne, and a conditional pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, which became a first-round pick when Jagr helped the Bruins reach the Stanley Cup Final. Jagr had nine points in 11 regular-season games and 10 points, all assists, in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games. The Bruins lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games in the Final.
July 23, 2013: Jagr agrees to a one-year contract with the Devils, his fourth NHL team since returning to the League in July 2011.
March 1, 2014: Jagr becomes the seventh NHL player to score 700 goals when he scores in the second period of a 6-1 win against the New York Islanders. He finishes the season with 24 goals and 67 points while playing in all 82 games.
Jan. 3, 2015: At 42, Jagr becomes the oldest NHL player with a hat trick in a 5-2 win against the Flyers. He passes Gordie Howe, who had a hat trick at age 41.
Feb. 26, 2015: Jagr is traded for the fourth time when the Devils send him to the Florida Panthers for a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in the 2016 draft.
Jan. 2, 2016: At age 43, Jagr is voted by fans to be captain of the Atlantic Division for the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game in Nashville.
Feb. 20, 2016: Jagr records his 741st and 742nd NHL goals to tie and pass Brett Hull as the League’s third-leading goal-scorer.
March 7, 2016: Jagr gets NHL point No. 1,851 with assist on a goal by Aleksander Barkov against the Boston Bruins at 16:48 of the first period.
“I care a lot. I want to play the best I can play,” he said. “I know it’s not going to be very good, but hopefully in some games I can be better.”
“I always go there to perform at a high level. It’s not about me. It’s about the team and about my teammates. I want to help them. I don’t want to be there just to be there. I want to help them, make them better.”
Wednesday will be Jagr’s 1,712 NHL game, fourth on the League’s all-time list. His 765 NHL goals are third behind Wayne Gretzky (894) and Gordie Howe (801).
“Nobody really cares what you did 20 years ago,” Jagr said when asked about his career accomplishments, which include five NHL scoring titles. “Show me what you can do for us now.”
Jagr’s work ethic has already made an impression on his new teammates.
“Just to see how hard he’s worked in the last week has really impressed a lot of our people, just with the amount of time he puts in on his game,” Gulutzan said. “That leaves a good impression on guys.”
The Flames wanted to make sure Jagr was ready for game action before putting him into the lineup.
“He needed to get up to speed. I mean, it’s not like there was a perfect day. He had no training camp. As much as everyone wanted him to come in and play and just jump in, he needed to skate and play and get up to speed,’ Gulutzan said. “He flew from [the] Czech [Republic] on Wednesday. He’s a great player, but he needed to play and skate and have some practices under his belt with the group.”
The Flames are 2-1-0 after winning 2-0 at the Anaheim Ducks on Monday.