Even at age 42, hockey legend Jaromir Jagr is still getting the job done on the ice.
Jagr joined rare NHL company on Saturday when he became just the seventh player in league history to score 700 goals.
Jagr reached the milestone on a night his New Jersey Devils beat the New York Islanders 6-1.
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Even in the midst of his 20th season, the ageless Jagr says he has no intention of slowing down.
“Seven hundred goals is pretty special, but 800 would be even better,” Jagr said after Saturday’s game. “I’ll get there in two years. And I’ll be laughing then, too.”
It’s fitting that Jagr’s historic goal came against the Islanders. After all, he’s scored 61 goals in 101 career games against them.
“I love that team; they are my favorite,” Jagr joked. “I’m going to save the 800th one, that’s for sure.”
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound right-winger from Czechoslovakia now has 1,740 career points – good for seventh all time. He’s just 15 points behind sixth place slot holder Steve Yzerman. The immortal Wayne Gretzky holds the NHL’s all time point and goal records with 2,857 and 894, respectively.
Jagr also notched an assist on the night, the 1,040th of his career. His assist total puts him at ninth on the all-time list. Even with so many stats to brag about it, Jagr insists his game has never been about the box score.
“I never played the game for the numbers; I play because I love it,” Jagr said. “Every game is special for me, and I don’t have that many left. I want to be a great example for older people. When you love to do something, you have a chance.”
Congrats, Jagr. It’s hard to believe the same guy I watched play for the Capitals back in 2001 is still rising through the record books.