Apr 20, 2024

Jaromir Jagr Makes Hockey History at 52 Years Old

At 52 years old, the NHL legend is still playing professional hockey.

And on Thursday, he became the oldest player to score a goal in a professional league, setting a record that was previously held by Gordie Howe.

Jaromir Jagr is playing today for his Rytiri Kladno and is 52 years and 63 days old. Gordie Howe was 52 years and 11 days old when finishing his NHL career.

Jagr made his NHL debut in 1990. Let that sink in. In other words, he’s been playing pro hockey for technically 36 years because he was playing in the Czech Republic before the NHL jump.

The Pittsburgh Penguins selected Jagr fifth overall in 90′, becoming the first Czech player to be drafted without having to defect to the West. He went on to be a key player for the Pens for 11 seasons, helping them win back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992.

Jagr played for a ton of teams during his NHL career, though. He also suited up for the Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils, Calgary Flames, and Dallas Stars.

Jagr’s last stint in the league came in 2017-18, suiting up just 22 times for the Flames. But, it didn’t end there. He returned to the Czech Republic to play for Rytiri Kladno for part of that year after leaving Calgary. He’s been with them ever since.

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What’s even more interesting is that Jaromir Jagr is the main owner of the franchise, which is based in his hometown.

He managed to make some history in the process, scoring in the first period on Thursday. The Penguins just retired Jagr’s No. 68 earlier this season.

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