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Jagr becomes second all-time in career scoring

Jagr becomes second all-time in career scoring Jared Earle via Flickr


The only person between Jaromir Jagr and number one on the NHL all-time scoring list is the Great One, Wayne Gretzky.

Jagr had an assist on Aleksander Barkov’s third period goal during the Florida Panthers’ 3-1 home loss to the Boston Bruins on Thursday night. With that assist, he passed Mark Messier for second all-time on the NHL’s career scoring list. Jagr, who was drafted fifth overall in 1990 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, made his NHL debut on October 5, 1990. He won the Stanley Cup in his first two seasons with the Penguins, and has only been back to the Stanley Cup Finals once, with the Bruins in 2013.

While he hasn’t lifted the Cup in over two decades, he has built an impressive resume. He has set many milestones and holds multiple NHL records. Some of the most impressive include:

  •  Career game-winning goals (133)
  • Career overtime goals (19)
  • Career goals (755), assists (1,133), and points (1,888) by a European-born player,
  • Career playoff game-winning goals by a European-born player (16)
  • Consecutive 30-goal seasons (15)
  • Consecutive 70-point seasons (15)
  • Oldest NHL player to score a hat trick (42 years, 322 days)
  • Oldest player to tally 60 points in a season
  • Longest gap between Stanley Cup Finals appearances (21 years)
  • Only player to play in the Stanley Cup Finals as a teenager and at over 40 years of age

While he holds all of these impressive records, it seems as though he will never catch Gretzky for the career scoring record. The Great One tallied 2,857 points in his career, and Jagr would have to play for close to another 10 years to even come close to the record.

Jagr played in the KHL in Russia for three years, and it’s an interesting discussion in which if he played those three years in the NHL, he would be closer to the record. The season before he went to Russia, he had put up 71 points for the New York Rangers.

While he wasn’t putting up 100+ point seasons like he was in his prime, he was still a productive NHL player. If he had the same output he had before he left, 210 points would be added to his current career point total. While it wouldn’t put him within striking distance at this point in his career, he wouldn’t have to play the rest of his life to even sniff the record.

While Jagr will most likely not break the record, he his still an amazing talent, even as the grey begins to take over his hair and beard. Hockey fans only have a short little while to enjoy the hockey icon known as Jaromir Jagr.