Jaromir Jagr, an iconic figure in the world of hockey, will have his No. 68 jersey retired by the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 18, 2024, during a game against the Los Angeles Kings at PPG Paints Arena. This event is a well-deserved recognition of Jagr’s remarkable career and contribution to the sport.
Jagr, renowned for his longevity and skill, left an indelible mark on the NHL over more than two decades. He ranks fourth all-time in games played (1,733) and goals (766), fifth in assists (1,155), and stands second only to Wayne Gretzky in total points with an astounding 1,921. His knack for scoring is further highlighted by his 135 game-winning goals, the most in NHL history.
Jaromir Jagr: Celebrating the Career and Achievements of a Penguins Icon
During his tenure with the Penguins, Jaromir Jagr played 806 regular-season games, scoring 439 goals and 640 assists, leading to a total of 1,079 points. His performance was instrumental in Pittsburgh’s back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships in 1991 and 1992, the first two seasons of his NHL career. In the playoffs alone, Jagr accumulated 201 points across 208 games, making him one of only six players in NHL history with over 200 playoff points.
Jagr’s trophy cabinet is as impressive as his on-ice statistics. He won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL scoring champion five times, the Ted Lindsay Award (Most Outstanding Player) three times, and the Hart Trophy (NHL MVP) in 1998-99. Additionally, he won the Bill Masterton Trophy (Perseverance, Sportsmanship, and Dedication to Ice Hockey) in 2015-16. His excellence was recognized with seven selections to the NHL’s First All-Star Team and one selection to the Second All-Star Team, along with being named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1990-91.
Beyond the NHL, Jagr’s achievements are equally remarkable. He is a member of the Triple Gold Club, having won the Stanley Cup, the Ice Hockey World Championships, and an Olympic gold medal. His impact extends globally, as evidenced by his induction into the Czech Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.
Jagr’s jersey retirement is not just a celebration of his incredible stats and awards but also a tribute to his enduring influence on hockey and the Pittsburgh Penguins