Jaromír Jágr becomes second player in professional hockey to play across five decades
Whether you’re a hockey fan or not, you probably already know that Jaromír Jágr is a legend. But this weekend, his legend status was solidified as he became only the second player in history to have a pro hockey career that has stretched across five decades.
Confused? While it’s true the Kladno born Jágr is only 47 years old, his career has taken him from the late ’80s through the ’20s (and that’s just so far). A feat only rivaled by hockey great Gordie “Mr. Hockey” Howe, who played from 1946 to 1980.
Jágr, began his pro hockey career in his hometown of Kladno during the 1988-89 season, where he played just two seasons before being drafted in the first round (5th overall) in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Here’s a look back at his career until now…
- HC Kladno (1988-1989)
- Pittsburgh Penguins (1990–2001)
- Washington Capitals (2001–2004)
- New York Rangers (2004–2008)
- Avangard Omsk (2008–2011)
- Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, and Boston Bruins (2011–2013)
- New Jersey Devils (2013–2015)
- Florida Panthers (2015–2017)
- Calgary Flames (2017–2018)
- HC Kladno (2018–present)
Jagr took home two back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Penguins. On top of his two Stanley Cup championships, Jagr amassed 10 individual accolades over the span of his NHL career, including five Art Ross Trophies, three Ted Lindsay Awards, a Hart Memorial Trophy, and a Bill Masterson Memorial Award. He played 1733 NHL games, good for 3rd on the all-time list. The veteran forward also sits 2nd in career points in the NHL with 1921, trailing only “The Great One”, Wayne Gretzky, and 3rd overall in career goals in the NHL with 766.