Jaromir Jagr collected yet another assist against the Avalanche when teammate Erik Gudbranson scored with 9:42 remaining in the first period. The assist would end up being Jagr's 1,850th point, placing him tied for 3rd all-time in points scored with Gordie Howe.
Whether you're a diehard fan who catches every game, or you tune in every once in a while, you know who Jaromir Jagr is. From the amazing mullet back in the day, to the handle bar mustache he still sports today, Jagr has been a major part of the NHL over the last 25 years. He has spent his 25-year career playing for 8 different teams including the Penguins, Rangers, Bruins and currently for the Florida Panthers.
Over those years, Jagr has amassed 743 goals and 1,107 assists giving him his total of 1,850 points. The most impressive part about tying Gordie Howe is that Jagr collected his point total in 1,611 games while Howe did it in 1,767 games. Howe leads all NHL players in games played, while Jagr is still ranked 10th.
Jagr is currently 37 points behind Mark Messier for 2nd place in all-time points, a feat which is entirely possible to surpass if Jagr decided to play just one more season. Again, stressing the immensity of Jagr's numbers, Jagr has played in 145 fewer games than Messier.
Unless he plays until he's 55, there is a very slim chance that Jagr catches Gretzky in points. Gretzky is currently sitting on top at 2,857 points, 1,007 ahead of Jagr. To put into perspective why he's called "the Great One", Gretzky has over 1,000 more points and Jagr has already played 124 more games than Gretzky.
It's safe to assume that we're nearing the end of this great career, which could even come at the end of this season. Jagr has made it clear that he is aware of his age and limited ability, after turning down an opportunity to compete in this year's All-Star game.
I think I speak for most hockey fans when I say I hope Jagr takes after the man he just tied, and play until he is 52. However, the league isn't what it used to be 50 years ago, and I doubt even Gordie Howe could last that long in today's league. The only thing I know for sure is I'm going to enjoy every second of the rest of this historic career for however long it lasts.
By Matt Watts