Panthers forward receives tribute video during first period at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins honored forward Jaromir Jagr during the first period of their game against the Florida Panthers at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday.
During the first television timeout, the Penguins played a tribute video, documenting Jagr’s 11 seasons in Pittsburgh from 1990 to 2001. The video began with Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux, who played seven seasons with Jagr, complimenting his former teammate during the unveiling of the 100 Greatest NHL Players on Jan. 27 in Los Angeles.
Jagr and Lemieux won the Stanley Cup twice, in 1991 and 1992.
Midway through the tribute, the Pittsburgh crowd rose to give Jagr a standing ovation. Since his departure 16 years ago, Jagr has been routinely jeered while facing the Penguins in Pittsburgh.
Jagr responded by pumping his fist and pounding his heart while jumping over the boards for his next shift.
The video concluded with Jagr remarking that his time in Pittsburgh “was just perfect.”
Jagr is second in Penguins history behind Lemieux in goals (439) and points (1,079) in 806 games. He is tied with Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby in assists (640).
Jagr has played for the Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils and Panthers since leaving Pittsburgh. He is playing in his 1,700th NHL game Sunday.