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Jaromir Jagr becomes NHL’s third all-time leading scorer – SportsUntapped.com
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Added March 7th, 2016 by Ian

Jaromir Jagr becomes NHL’s third all-time leading scorer
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Winger Jaromir Jagr of the Florida Panthers has tied NHL legend Gordie Howe in third place on the league’s all-time scoring list. Jagr of Kladno in the Czech Republic, is currently the oldest player in the NHL at 44 years of age, and tied Howe’s mark of 1,850 points. Jagr got the historic point by earning an assist on a goal by Erik Gudbranson on March 3rd in a game against the Colorado Avalanche. Jagr is now taking aim at second place on the list which is currently occupied by Mark Messier at 1,887 points.

However, with just 17 games to go in the 2015/16 regular season it’s highly doubtful Jagr will reach Messier’s total this campaign. Jagr should have no problem moving into second place on the all-time list of he returns to the NHL for another season though in 2016/17. It’s going to be almost impossible for Jagr to reach first place on the list though as it’s held by Wayne Gretzky with 2,857 points. In fact, Gretzky’s mark may never be broken, especially in today’s era of relatively low-scoring hockey.

Jagr also recently jumped into third place on the all-time goalscoring list when he scored for the 742nd time to leapfrog over Brett Hull. As of March 6th, Jagr had played in 1.612 career regular-season NHL games as of March 6th and had 743 goals along with 1107 assists. He’s the leading scorer on the Panthers this year with 26 goals and 21 assists for 47 points which makes him the most-productive 44-year-old in league history. Jagr’s play should help the Panthers reach the playoffs this year and it’ll be the Florida club’s first appearance in the postseason since the 1999/2000 campaign.

Gretzky accumulated his 2,857 points on 894 goals and 1963 assists in 1,487 games and racked up a league-record 1.92 points per game. Howe’s 1,850 points came on 801 goals and 1,049 assists at a pace of 1.047 points per game in a league-record 1,767 appearances. Messier scored 694 goals and 1,887 assists for 1,887 points at a pace of 1.075 points per contest. Jagr’s pace of 1.146 points per game currently stands at 18th best in league history. However, along with being number three on the all-time scoring list he’s number three in goals, number six in assists, and will finish the season at number eight in games played.

Jagr will definitely be a Hall of Famer when he finally retires. He has won a pair of Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins as well as an Olympic gold medal and a pair of gold medals at the IIHF World Championships. In total, he has two Stanley Cup medals, four from the IIHF tournament, two from the Olympics and one form the IIHF World Junior Championships. Jagr would easily be number two on the all-time scoring list if he didn’t leave the NHL for three seasons to play in Russia’s KHL league from 2008 to 2011, where he scored 160 points in 155 games.

Jagr also had 107 points in 62 games in the Czech League and has 199 points in 202 career NHL playoff outings. As far as personal awards go, Jagr was the youngest NHL captain at 18, is the oldest player to score a hat trick, and has several trophy wins. These include five Art Ross trophies for leading the league in scoring during a season, three Lester B. Pearson Awards as the league’s best player and three Hart Trophies for being the most valuable player. The Lester B. Pearson Awards were voted on by his fellow NHL players.

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