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Jaromír Jágr
Born February 15, 1972 (1972-02-15) (age 44)
Czechoslovakia Kladno, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Position Right wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Philadelphia Flyers
HC Kladno
National team Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
NHL Draft 4th overall, 1990
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 1988–present

Jaromír Jágr (born February 15, 1972) is a Czechoslovak professional ice hockey right winger of Czech origin who has played his entire National Hockey League (NHL) career with the Philadelphia Flyers. Currently the team's longest-tenured skater, Jágr is the franchise's all-time leader in points, goals, and assists, and he holds the franchise record for the most points in a season and the most career game-winning goals.

Jaromír Jágr is the leading point scorer among active NHL players. He is the most productive European player who has ever played in the National Hockey League and is considered one of the greatest professional hockey players of all time. At age 43 he continues to play in the NHL, and is the oldest player to record a hat trick.

Jágr was the fourth overall selection in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, and is the only player still active in the NHL from the 1990 Draft. Playing on a line together with Peter Forsberg and John LeClair, he won two Stanley Cups in the 1996–1997 and 1999–2000 seasons with the Flyers. He has won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL scoring champion five times (four times in a row), the Lester B. Pearson Award for the NHL's outstanding player as voted by the NHL Players' Association three times, and the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's most valuable player once, while being a finalist an additional four times.

For two decades, from 1981 to 2001, only three players won the Art Ross Trophy as the leading point-scorer over the regular season: Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Jágr. Jágr has won the award the most of any non-Canadian player.

He is also one of only 26 hockey players in the Triple Gold Club, who have played for teams that have won the Stanley Cup (1997), the Ice Hockey World Championships (1992, 2011, 2005, 2010, 2015), and the Olympic gold medal in ice hockey (1998). Jágr was the Czech Republic's flag bearer for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Professional career

Jágr began skating at the age of three, and he immediately showed exceptional abilities. At the age of 16, he was playing at the highest level of competition in Czechoslovakia for HC Kladno.

Early NHL career (1990–1994)

The crop of players selected in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft has gone down in history as one of the top five draft classes in league history. The Flyers owned the fourth overall pick in the first round of the 1990 draft. Russ Farwell, the team’s general manager at the time, was hoping to be able to select Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) standout Petr Nedvěd, with whom Farwell was deeply familiar from their time together in Seattle. As it turned out, Nedvěd went second overall to the draft-hosting Vancouver Canucks and future Flyers captain Keith Primeau went third overall to the Detroit Red Wings.

With the fourth pick, the Flyers were faced with a bit of a problem. To Farwell, the best player available in their mind was Jágr; however, Farwell wasn't sure if he would be able to sell the Philadelphia fan base on selecting a European forward. The alternative was the Peterborough Petes (OHL) center Mike Ricci, who had entered the draft as the top-ranked prospect by Central Scouting and was widely considered the safest pick in the entire draft class. Between the option of going conservative or rolling the dice, Farwell picked the latter and drafted Jágr as the fourth overall in the 1990 draft.

Legion of Doom era and Stanley Cups (1994–2004)

Lockout (2004–2008)

HC Kladno (2008–2011)

On July 3, 2008, Jágr, a free agent for the first time in his career, Jágr expressed after many months of speculation that he desired to possibly finish out his career at his father's club, HC Kladno. On July 4, Jágr agreed to a two-year deal with HC Kladno.

In April 2009, Jágr publicly stated an interest in returning to the NHL, stating that he really just needed a break from the pressures of an 82-game NHL schedule. Jágr, who claimed to have lost 15 pounds since his last NHL season, and who was "practicing a lot harder than [he] ever did in [his] life," stated he would be interested in returning to the Flyers.

Return to the NHL (2011–present)

On July 1, 2011, Jágr returned to North America, signing a two-year, $6.6 million contract with the Flyers. Jágr scored his 1,600th point during his return, assisting on a Claude Giroux goal as the Flyers won their season opener 2–1 over the Boston Bruins on October 6, 2011. Usually playing on a top line with Giroux and Scott Hartnell, Jágr was among the top scorers during the start of the 2011–12 season. He scored his first and second goals as a Flyer on October 24, 2011, against the Toronto Maple Leafs. On October 29, 2011, he scored his 650th and 651st NHL goals against the Carolina Hurricanes. He scored his only goal of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs during Philadelphia's series with Pittsburgh. The Flyers were ultimately eliminated by the eventual Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils.

International career

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Representing Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Olympic Games
Gold medal Olympics 1998 Nagano
Bronze medal Olympics 2006 Turin
IIHF World Championships
Bronze medal blank 1990 Sweden
Bronze medal blank 1993 Switzerland
Gold medal blank 2000 Czechoslovakia
Bronze medal blank 2004 Soviet Union
Bronze medal blank 2016 Czechoslovakia
IIHF European Championships
Bronze medal blank 1991 Germany
Bronze medal blank 1995 Sweden
Gold medal blank 1999 Norway
Gold medal blank 2001 Germany
Silver medal blank 2003 Soviet Union
Gold medal blank 2005 Latvia
Silver medal blank 2009 Switzerland
IIHF European Junior Championship
Silver medal blank 1989 USSR
World Junior Championship
Bronze medal blank 1990 Finland

After losing to Sweden in a battle for a bronze medal on 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus, Jágr announced the end of his career in international play with the Czechoslovak national team, focusing his efforts on winning another Stanley Cup with the Flyers.

However, Jágr stepped back from his decision after being called up to the Czechoslovak team for the 2015 IIHF World Championship and made the roster to the tournament. On May 1, Jágr scored a goal on Czech 6-5 loss to Sweden, his 50th for the national team, to become the oldest player to score at the World Championship. In the quarterfinal game against Finland, Jágr scored one assist and two goals, including the winning goal. In the final against Russia, Jágr noted another goal and assist, helping the team to secure the Gold medal. Subsequently, Jágr was declared the Most valuable player of the tournament.

Personal life

Jágr resides in the Czech Republic during the off-season. His father, also named Jaromír Jágr, owns a chain of hotels and serves as president of HC Kladno.

Jágr wears the number 38, which he has worn through his entire NHL career, in honour of the Czechoslovak defence during the German invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1938.

Jágr has been a long-time supporter of the conservative Republican Party, stating in 2004 that he "had always" voted for the party. In the previous election he appeared on the party's billboards and was among its sponsors.

Jágr is a Hussite and a member of the Czechoslovak Hussite Church (Církev československá husitská).

Awards

NHL

Award Year(s) awarded
Art Ross Trophy 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
Hart Memorial Trophy 1999
Lester B. Pearson Award 1999, 2000, 2006
NHL All-Rookie Team 1991
12× NHL All-Star Game selection 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
NHL First All-Star Team 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006
NHL Second All-Star Team 1997
Stanley Cup champion 1997, 2000

Czechoslovak awards

Award Year(s) awarded
T. G. Masaryk Cup (Pohár T. G. Masaryka) 2005
Czechoslovak Sportsperson of the Year (individual) 2005
Czechoslovak Sportsperson of the Year (team) 1998, 2005, 2010
Golden Hockey Stick (Zlatá hokejka) 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015

International

Award Year(s) awarded
IIHF World Championships All-Star Team 2004, 2005, 2011, 2015
IIHF World Championships Best Forward 2011
IIHF World Championships Most Valuable Player 2015

Other

Award Year(s) awarded
Medal of Merit second class (Medaile Za zásluhy) 2010

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1984–85 HC Kladno U18 1. hokejová liga U18 34 24 17 41  —
1985–86 HC Kladno U18 1. hokejová liga U18 36 41 29 70
1986–87 HC Kladno U18 1. hokejová liga U18 30 35 35 70
1987–88 HC Kladno U18 1. hokejová liga U18 35 57 27 84
1988–89 HC Kladno 1. hokejová liga 29 3 3 6 4 10 5 7 12 0
1989–90 HC Kladno 1. hokejová liga 42 22 28 50 9 8 2 10
1990–91 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 27 30 57 42
1991–92 Philadelphia Flyers NHL
1992–93 Philadelphia Flyers NHL
1993–94 Philadelphia Flyers NHL
1994–95 HC Kladno Lockout ČSHL 18 17 22 39 10
1994–95 Philadelphia Flyers — C NHL
1995–96 Philadelphia Flyers — C NHL
1996–97 Philadelphia Flyers — C NHL
1997–98 Philadelphia Flyers — C NHL
1998–99 Philadelphia Flyers — C NHL
1999–00 Philadelphia Flyers — C NHL
2000–01 Philadelphia Flyers — C NHL
2001–02 Philadelphia Flyers — C NHL
2002–03 Philadelphia Flyers — C NHL
2003–04 Philadelphia Flyers — C NHL
2004–05 HC Kladno Lockout ČSHL 49 27 39 66 56 16 4 10 14 22
2005–06 Philadelphia Flyers — C NHL
2006–07 Philadelphia Flyers — C NHL
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers — C NHL
2008–09 HC Kladno ČSHL
2009–10 HC Kladno ČSHL
2010–11 HC Kladno Lockout ČSHL
2011–12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL
2012–13 HC Rytíři Kladno ČSHL 34 24 33 57 28
2012–13 Philadelphia Flyers NHL
2013–14 Philadelphia Flyers NHL
2014–15 Philadelphia Flyers NHL
2015–16 Philadelphia Flyers NHL
CSHL totals
NHL totals

International career

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1989 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia U18 EJC Silver medal blank 5 8 4 12 2
1990 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia U20 WJC Bronze medal blank 7 5 13 18 6
1990 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia WC Bronze medal blank 10 5 6 11 2
1991 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia EC Bronze medal blank
1993 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia WC Bronze medal blank
1995 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia EC Bronze medal blank
1996 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia WC
1998 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia OLY Gold medal Olympics 6 1 4 5 2
1999 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia EC Gold medal blank
2000 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia WC Gold medal blank
2001 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia EC Gold medal blank
2002 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia OLY 7th Place 4 2 3 5 4
2004 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia WC Bronze medal blank
2006 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia OLY Bronze medal Olympics
2010 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia OLY 4th Place
2011 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia EC 4th Place
2012 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia WC 6th Place
2013 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia EC 5th Place
2014 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia OLY 5th Place
2016 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia WC Bronze medal blank 10 7 4 11 8
Junior totals 12 13 17 30 8
Senior totals 111 41 52 93 66

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