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Jagr Reaches Second in All-Time NHL Scoring

USATSI_9763579_154158418_lowresHockey history was made on Thursday night as Jaromir Jagr passed Mark Messier for second place on the all-time NHL scoring list.

The Florida Panthers forward notched an assist in the third period, with Aleksander Barkov scoring the goal.

The 44-year-old now has 1,888 points in 1,663 career NHL games.

Jagr tied Messier on Tuesday when he posted three assists against the Buffalo Sabres.

He has 755 goals and 1,133 assists currently, while Messier retired with 694 goals and 1,93 assists in 1,756 career NHL games.

“For me, it’s like number one,” Jagr said recently. “I don’t really count Wayne Gretzky. He was from another planet. I don’t think he was from this planet. Whatever he did, it’s unbreakable.”

What Gretzky did was put up 2,857 career points – a seemingly unassailable number over the course of 20 seasons and 1,487 career NHL games.

Jagr also put up 146 points in three seasons in the KHL from 2008 to 2011, plus he had 67 points in Europe over the 2004-2005 season and in the lockout-shortened seasons.

The Kladno-born forward was the first Czech player to be drafted into the National Hockey League without having to defect to the West, so that illustrates just how long ago it was that he entered the sport.

The Pittsburgh Penguins selected Jagr in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, where he went fifth overall after Owen Nolan, Petr Nedved, Keith Primeau, and Mike Ricci.

Jagr piled up an impressive career with the Penguins, including an Art Ross Trophy win in the lockout-shortened 1994-1995 as he tied Eric Lindros with 70 points. The following season, he set a points record for a European-born player with 149 and never looked back.

Jagr is the second player after Mario Lemieux to score 1,000 points in a Penguins sweater. He was traded to the Washington Capitals in 2001 and seemed to fizzle out a little. His massive contract was hard to move, but he was eventually traded to the New York Rangers in 2004 and his price was reduced thanks to the new CBA.

Jagr started to surge with the Rangers, leading them in the post-Messier era and becoming team captain in 2006. He piled up the numbers, but New York didn’t want to re-sign him and he became an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career in 2008. He headed to Europe, where he surmised he would “finish his career.”

We all know how that went.

By April of 2009, Jagr was stating a desire to return to the NHL. By July of 2011, he returned to the league and signed with the Philadelphia Flyers. He put up big numbers before signing with the Dallas Stars a year later, marking his first arrival in the Western Conference.

After a tenure in Dallas, Jagr was traded to the Boston Bruins. He finally saw a return to the Stanley Cup Final, closing a 21-year gap.

In 2013, Jagr signed with the New Jersey Devils. He was 41. All the while, the records kept falling. In January of 2015, he became the oldest player in NHL history to score a hat trick.

In February of 2015, he was traded to the Florida Panthers.

And now, he’s continuing to surge as one of the league’s all-time best players. With a stated to desire to play until he’s 50 (and maybe even beyond), Jagr’s showing no signs of slowing down. That once-distant thought of retiring around 2008 or so seems silly now, doesn’t it?

“You know maybe when I retire I’ll look back at what I did and maybe I’m going to think about it a little more,” he said. “But right now, I just enjoy every moment I can to have a chance to play in this league and try and do everything to stay in this league. I love it so much.”

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