Jagr, who will be turning 42 this coming February, announced via his personal Facebook page that he will indeed be retiring at the end of this coming season. While discussing his training regimen and diet, he also stated the biggest reason why sticking to both will be more important than ever this season.
“It looks like it will be my last season, so I can’t be too risky.”
This news isn’t terribly shocking, as anyone in the league will tell you that playing into your 40s is no easy feat. That Jagr can do so and still get top six minutes is even more astounding.
Besides leaving behind memories full of amazing playoff beards and a “you had to see it to believe it” mullet, Jagr’s career numbers will more than likely have the Hall of Fame calling in a few years.
One of the greatest to ever lace ’em up, Jagr has quite a full trophy case. He won Stanley Cups in each of his first two years with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He also brought home the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s highest scorer on five different occasions. Oh, and one of those years he also won the Hart Trophy as league MVP as well. No big deal.
Of course, after his years with the Penguins, he began wandering the league as a hired gun. Just look at the last two years of his life. He signed with the Philadelphia Flyers two seasons ago, then with the Dallas Stars last year, only to be traded to the Boston Bruins at the deadline. How many cities have you lived in during that time span?
Regardless, it looks like New Jersey is the last stop on the train. Here’s hoping he’ll grow out that mullet for the occasion, just for old time’s sake.