Scoring Jagr passes Mark Messier, joins Wayne Gretzky as top two all-time

SUNRISE, Fla. – With an assist tonight, Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr recorded his 1,888th NHL point, passing Mark Messier for sole possession of second all-time in NHL scoring. With his 1,888th point, Jagr now joins Wayne Gretzky (2,857) as the top two scorers in NHL history.

The 44-year old native of Kladno, Czech Republic currently ranks third all-time in goals (755), fourth in games played (1,663) and sixth in assists (1,133).

“The Florida Panthers are honored and thrilled to congratulate Jaromir on his historic accomplishment,” said Panthers President of Hockey Operations Dale Tallon. “A future Hall-of-Famer, Jaromir has been an elite talent since his first day in the NHL and is one of the league’s most iconic players. Since coming to Florida he has been an inspirational influence on our team’s developing young players, while becoming one of South Florida’s most memorable athletes.”

Since joining the Panthers on Feb. 26, 2015, Jagr has played 133 games with Florida recording 104 points (39-65-104). With an assist on Dec. 15 at Winnipeg, Jagr recorded his 100th point with the Panthers, marking the fourth team in his NHL career he has posted 100 points for (Pittsburgh – 1,079, Washington – 201, New York Rangers – 319).

Throughout his NHL career, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound winger has earned numerous individual accolades including: five Art Ross Trophies (1994-95, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01) , three Ted Lindsay/Lester B. Pearson Awards (1998-99, 1999-00, 2005-06), one Hart Trophy (1998-99) and is the league’s most recent recipient of the Bill Masterton Award (2015-16) for the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.

Jagr earned his 13th NHL All-Star Game selection in the 2015-16 season, as he was chosen by fans to captain the Atlantic Division All-Star Team.

A two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins (1991, 1992), Jagr was originally selected by Pittsburgh in the first round (fifth overall) of the 1990 NHL Draft.

More than 1700 fans and media placed their guess as to when Jagr would hit this milestone with the FloridaPanthers.com Predict History contest. One winner will be announced shortly who will receive a trip for two to an away Panthers game.

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