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Former Penguin Jaromir Jagr

Postby FLPensFan on Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:49 am

Some random notes on the former Penguin great, that I'd thought I'd share with the news that he is heading to Kladno:

--Most intriguing story I had never heard until this week: During the 1994-1995 NHL lockout, Jagr played 1 game for a team in Germany, the Shalker Sharks. He had 1 goal and 10 assists in that game. Can't confirm, but the rumor was he scored on his first shot about 25 seconds into the game, felt bad, and just setup team mates for the rest of the night. He was also paid with a schnitzl with mayo and a side of fries. You can probably find more in-depth articles if you search, but this one just has a quick paragraph about it: http://www.thehockeynews.com/news/article/in-the-cards-jaromir-jagrs-single-game-german-league-card

--Hearing that Kladno now expects to play in a larger arena for the rest of the year, now that Jagr is returning.

--First game Jagr might play in this weekend for Kladno is against Benatky. Apparently, Petr Nedved has said he will come out of retirement and play for Benatky if Jagr is in the lineup for Kladno. Nedved is 46 and last played in 2014.

--Jason Mackey states he has already heard from team sources that Jagr will have a jersey retirement ceremony. Not sure when (maybe not even this year). Mackey went on to mention it does not sound like they will do the one-day contract thing, although, he also mentioned some of that would depend on Jagr. For the Penguins to consider a one-day contract, Jagr would essentially need to retire for the NHL. Might be hard for him to admit still that he is not going to play in the NHL again.
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Re: Former Penguin Jaromir Jagr

Postby longtimefan on Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:15 pm

The banner ceremony is coming, but I can't see it being this season. There's not enough time, and he's playing over in Czech. If he plays over there next season, it could be difficult to find a date even then. It will happen though. Mario so much as said so last year at the 100 greatest players get together. It will be a game I'll look forward to, and a greatly deserved honor. Hopefully, Pittsburgh can bury whatever lingering bitterness towards a player who became the greatest European of all time, and had by far his greatest glory as a Pen. Both individually and personally.
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Re: Former Penguin Jaromir Jagr

Postby Weegie on Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:45 pm

What an unbelievable career he had, playing so well for so long, and how fortunate it was that his first two seasons in the league he wins the Cup, just like Murray did!

Remember how they brought Jiri Hrdina in to help him with the language difficulties, and how Jags burst into tears when he heard Badger Bob was gravely ill, I think a lot of us shed some tears about that one.

Truly a very, very special player, thanks for the memories #68!
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Re: Former Penguin Jaromir Jagr

Postby Antonio on Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:10 pm

I have nothing but affection for jagr. I wish he would have been able to come back but it wasn't to be. A true legend.
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Re: Former Penguin Jaromir Jagr

Postby maopens on Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:21 am

A 16 year professional career in a contact sport is an amazing stat on its own.

Throw in his on-ice accomplishments and I can't see how he isn't top 5 to ever play the game.
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Re: Former Penguin Jaromir Jagr

Postby Tomas on Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:13 am

Jagr had his first Czech press conference. Interesting points:

- he WILL try to play on Saturday for Kladno in order to log the mandatory 15 games needed for Extraleague promotion tournament, despite getting an unbelievably painful shot into his knee (a combination of Jagr's own blood and some medicine) in the office of (arguably the best?) Czech physiotherapist Dr. Kolar (it seems to me he treats like 99% of Czech top athletes). The game will be played in Liberec, and Petr Nedved will indeed likely be his opponent.

- in addition to Kladno roster, he was also added to the Czech Extraleague roster (the trading deadline was yesterday) of HC Trinec (a very rich successful team from the heart of "steel country" in the Czech Republic). He plans to play for them only if Kladno does not make it to the promotion tournament (that is, he would most likely join Trinec for the Extraleague play-offs). Interestingly, because Trinec is on the other side of the country (very north-east corner of Northern Moravia technically, the Czech part of Silesia), while Kladno is just next to Prague), there is some discussion that Jagr will be flown by a PRIVATE HELICOPTER to the games. :)

- He was not able to join KHL (trading deadline December 15), but at the end, the decision was between Trinec and Eisbaeren Berlin of DEL , because the team is owned by the owner of LA Kings and Jagr's "very good friend" Luc Robitaille is in the team management. Jagr says he chose Kladno/Trinec because "with Dr. Kolar, I have the greatest chance to get healed"

- The knee thing: the swelling started in the 12th game in Philly. The swelling happens because he has "a part of the bone chipped away from his knee ligament" (???!!!) :scared: (seriously, that's how Jagr described it)

- he is "realist" regarding his NHL chances. Gave a very long answer to why the current NHL is no longer for him.

- THE DUDE WEARS A MAN-BUN!!! :lol:

The complete interview:

https://translate.google.com/translate? ... edit-text=
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Re: Former Penguin Jaromir Jagr

Postby Tomas on Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:53 pm

Jaromir Jagr was the LAST active player from the original (PC) NHL 94 by EA Sports. Jagr played alongside Lemieux and Kevin Stevens and had 90-point rating (Wayne Gretzky "only" 87).

https://translate.google.com/translate? ... edit-text=

And, something from LGP archives:

2001 play-off Pittsburgh Penguins rooming list:

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So who had the vision to put himself down as the future 45th President of the US (Rm. 710)?

Spoiler:
Yep, the old, old guy, currently malfunctioning dude!


(What I haven't noticed until today is how egalitarian Pittsburgh Penguins were. Millionaires stuck to share rooms in double beds, while trainers, conditioning coaches, media relation guys (Steve and Brian), equipment manager, ASSISTANT to equipment manager - all in single king bed rooms, separate from the players! :lol: )
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Re: Former Penguin Jaromir Jagr

Postby Tomas on Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:22 pm

A few more details on Jagr (HC Kladno) vs. Nedved (HC Benatky) Saturday's clash in the Czech second league:

Kladno won 7:2, even though it was just 2:2 after two periods. Jagr ended with three assists and OVER 20 MINUTES of time on ice!!

Even more importantly, Nedved (whose jersey will be retired today by HC Liberec) despite no training since at least September (he was skiing in the Alps when Jagr came back from Calgary and the Jagr-Nedved idea started to be discussed) and some questionable pre-game preparation:

https://twitter.com/bilitygrilbc/status ... 58/photo/1 :lol: :lol: :lol:

ended up with both goal and assist in his last game ever...

The link here has both the post-game interview with Nedved and a video with his last career goal:

https://hokej.idnes.cz/hokej-petr-nedve ... _1liga_elv

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Re: Former Penguin Jaromir Jagr

Postby BurghThing on Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:23 pm

Great stuff, thanks for sharing!!
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Re: Former Penguin Jaromir Jagr

Postby Lesky on Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:33 pm

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“Love, as I can see it, is the strongest energy on earth,” “I love hockey all the time, I’ve always loved it, and had no problem to sacrifice anything to it. That’s the most important thing, a factor that helps you play as long as possible.” - Jaromir Jagr
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Re: Former Penguin Jaromir Jagr

Postby Sigwolf on Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:47 pm

I despised him going to the Craps, but I can honestly say I am sorry he did not play his entire career as a Pen.
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Re: Former Penguin Jaromir Jagr

Postby longtimefan on Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:07 pm

Never forget the acronym. Jaromir translates to Mario Jr.... It was pretty cool!
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Re: Former Penguin Jaromir Jagr

Postby Tomas on Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:14 am

46....

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A lot more here:

https://isport.blesk.cz/galerie/hokej/3 ... lik?foto=0

And, also:

Is Jaromir truly mature at the age of 34?

Guys are children all their lives… And I am unable to judge at this point whether Jaromir in particular will ever come to his senses, and starts taking things seriously. I can’t even imagine what he will do when he retires from playing hockey.

Maybe he will be wandering through life like people released from a prison.

Or like a child raised in an orphanage… I don’t know. He has always been patient in sports, but, for example, he would not have enough stamina to manage a firm. A person has to be tough for that kind of work, but he always excuses the others. He is not pushy enough, he would be constantly losing money, and so I hope he would be playing for a long time.

http://www.letsgopens.com/tomas_translations.php?id=59
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Re: Former Penguin Jaromir Jagr

Postby Lesky on Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:42 pm

http://nhl.nbcsports.com/2018/01/30/the ... -penguins/

The day Jaromir Jagr (probably) saved the Penguins


With Jaromir Jagr officially off to the Czech Republic to continue what is left of his professional hockey career it is entirely possible that we have seen the last of him in the NHL.

It would not exactly be a fitting farewell for what is, by pretty much any objection evaluation, one of the most productive careers in the history of the sport. But then again Jagr’s career was always full of sudden changes and moves.

Throughout a career that touched three different decades, Jagr played for nine different NHL teams (Pittsburgh, Washington, New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston, New Jersey, Florida, and Calgary) and also took a three-year hiatus to play in Russia.

He won scoring titles, an MVP award, two Stanley Cups, an Olympic gold medal and ended up in the top-three for games played, goals and total points in league history.

He had his moments for pretty much every team he played for, but his time with the Penguins, the team that drafted him in the first-round of the 1990 NHL draft (No. 5 overall) is what his career will probably end up being defined by. He was at his most dominant with the Penguins, he won his two Stanley Cups with the Penguins, and along with Mario Lemieux helped form one of the most dominant duos the league has ever seen.

Having been born in Pittsburgh and still living there to this day, my boss here at PHT, Sean Leahy, asked me if I had any particular memories from Jagr’s time with the Penguins that were worth sharing after watching him for so many years.

Most people from Pittsburgh that watched Jagr up close might look at one of the Stanley Cup Final runs and one of the many huge goals he scored on the way to a championship — such as his overtime goal against New Jersey in 1991, or the incredible individual effort against Chicago in 1992 to complete the Penguins’ epic Game 1 comeback. Or perhaps just marveling at the numbers he put up during the NHL’s dead-puck era.

But the moment that always stood out to me was his performance in the first-round of the 1999 playoffs against the New Jersey Devils, specifically his effort in Game 6 of that series.
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The late 90s Penguins were a bizarre team to look back on.

Lemieux had retired for the first time, Ron Francis had left as a free agent, and Jagr was the focal point of a team that, other than him, was usually pretty mediocre.

They never really had a top-pairing defenseman, they struggled to find a true No. 1 goalie, and while they had a couple of really good forwards like Alexei Kovalev and Martin Straka, it really wasn’t a team that was built to win — or even seriously compete for — a Stanley Cup.

But because Jagr was so dominant and so game-changing that they always at least had a chance to make the playoffs.

The 1998-99 season was a particularly challenging one for the Penguins off the ice because the team was going through bankruptcy proceedings with Lemieux working on his plan to ultimately rescue it.

There was serious talk that the team might actually be dissolved if Lemieux’s plan failed.

Not relocated. Dissolved.

The Penguins still managed to make the playoffs that year as the No. 8 seed and ended up with a first-round matchup against the top-seeded Devils. They were heavy underdogs, not only because of the fact the Devils simply had a better team, but also because Jagr was dealing with a severe groin injury that sidelined him for four of the first five games of the series.

He was able to return to the lineup for Game 6 with the Penguins facing elimination.

Even though he was clearly not 100 percent, he not only played the game on what was basically one leg, he played 29 of the 68 minutes in the Penguins’ 3-2 overtime win.

And he was by far the best player on the ice, turning in one of the most single dominant performances of his NHL career. He tied the game with just over two minutes to play in regulation, then won it in overtime to force a Game 7 in New Jersey two nights later (the Penguins, led by Jagr, won that game as well to advance to the second round).

But it wasn’t just the two goals that stood out. It was simply the way he played. Take a look at the highlights from that game. New Jersey never had an answer for him.

Given the context of everything around that day — the financial state of the team and its uncertain future, the fact the Penguins were expected to lose, Jagr playing through a major injury and dominating — it was just a mind-blowing performance.

Back in 2013 Jagr recalled that game and called the overtime goal one of the biggest goals of his career.

“I remember that like it happened yesterday,” Jagr said. “I pulled my groin in the first game. We were losing 3-2 in the series and if we would lose the first round I think the team would move to Kansas City because they had no money. We had to make the second round to get the (money) for the payments.

Jagr continued: “I came back and I tied it with a minute-and-a-half to go and then I scored in overtime. That was probably my best game ever, I would say. My most important for sure. I’ll probably never score a goal that important.

“Probably if I hadn’t scored that goal the team wouldn’t be in Pittsburgh right now. (Sidney) Crosby would be in Kansas City.”

The Penguins ended up losing in the second-round to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but there was no denying how important it was in a financial sense for the team to get to the second-round that season.

Lemieux ultimately ended up rescuing the team from bankruptcy and ended up returning to the ice for another run with Jagr.

After the 2001 season Jagr’s Penguins career to an end with the trade that sent him to the Capitals for Kris Beech, Michal Sivek, and Ross Lupaschuk, marking the beginning of the second half of his career that saw him bounce around the NHL every couple of years.

Including playoffs, Jagr scored 844 goals in the NHL, with 504 of them coming as a member of the Penguins.

Given what it meant for the long-term viability of the franchise, there is an argument to be made that none were bigger than the two goals he scored in the spring of 1999, even if they did not result in a Stanley Cup that season.
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