There are a lot of players who will retire by the time they reach age 40 in the NHL. However, Dallas Stars‘ Jaromir Jagr continues to be successful even at age 41 for the Stars and is leading the team in scoring. Jagr has 12 goals and 10 assists in 29 games this season for Dallas as the Stars fight to stay in the playoff race.
Jagr has scored in his last two games and during a sparkling career that includes nearly 1,000 assists, he is proving that age is only a number. Dallas is barely above the .500 mark this season at 14-13-3 and even with how well Jagr is playing, the team may not make the playoffs. There are not too many things that Jagr can’t do and if he can find a way to lead the Stars to the postseason, it may prompt the winger to want to play another season.
I don’t think Jagr is planning to retire after this season, but there are a lot of players who are half of his age who could use him as a great example of what to do with their careers. Jagr did leave the NHL for a few seasons but returned eventually. It may not be the same level of play that he was playing at early in his career, but it is the most productive on an average team.