The Pittsburgh Penguins will raise two-time Stanley Cup champion Jaromir Jagr’s number. The No. 68 jersey will be worn in the rafters at PPG Paints Arena on February 18 versus the Los Angeles Kings as part of the pregame celebration, the club announced today.
As part of the “Celebrate 68” festivities, all fans in attendance that night will receive a replica of Jagr’s No. 68 banner. Additionally, a commemorative Jagr bobblehead has been added as a gift to all fans in attendance on Thursday, March 14 vs. the San Jose Sharks.
Jagr, whose NHL career spanned two decades, is one of the most accomplished players in NHL history and a member of the league’s “100 Greatest Players.” In 1,733 regular-season games, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound winger scored 766 goals, 1,155 assists and 1,921 points. He ranks fourth all-time in games played and goals, fifth in assists, and only Wayne Gretzky (2,857) has scored more points than him. No player in NHL history has more game-winning goals than Jagr’s 135.
Drafted by Pittsburgh in the first round (fifth overall) of the 1990 NHL Draft, Jagr spent the first 11 seasons of his 24-year NHL career with the Penguins, appearing in 806 regular season games tallying 439 goals, 640 assists and 1,079 points. , 78 game-winning goals and was plus-208. He is in the top five in franchise history in games played (5th), goals (4th), assists (4th), points (4th), plus/minus (2nd) and game-winning goals (4th ). He was one of 13 captains in team history, serving in that position from 1998-2001.
Jagr was a key member of Pittsburgh’s back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 1991 and ’92 — his first two seasons in the NHL. In that two-year span, Jagr suited up in 45 postseason contests, tallying 37 points (14G-23A), which ranked sixth in the NHL during that stretch. Jagr shined during the 1992 Stanley Cup Playoffs, scoring a playoff-high 24 points (11G-13A) in 21 games. In total, Jagr participated in 208 Stanley Cup Playoff games, collecting 201 points (78G-123A). He is one of only six players in NHL history with 200 or more career points.
The 10-time NHL All-Star has won a slew of awards over the course of his NHL career. He is a five-time Art Ross Trophy winner (NHL scoring leader – 1995, ’98, ’99, ’00, ’01), a three-time Ted Lindsay Award winner (Most Outstanding Player – 1999, ’00, ’06), and He won the Hart Trophy (NHL MVP) in 1998-99 and the Bill Masterton Trophy (perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to ice hockey) in 2015-16. Jagr was named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team seven times (1995, ’96, ’98, ’99, ’00, ’01, ’06), a Second All-Star Team in 1996-97 and was a member of the All-Rookie Team in 1990–91.
Throughout NHL history, only Chris Chelios (26), Gordie Howe (26) and Mark Messier (25) have played more seasons in the NHL than Jagr’s 24. Of his 24 seasons, he has scored more than 20 goals 19 times and more than 30 goals. goals 15 times, both of which rank third in league history. He has also reached the 100-point plateau five times, and was the sixth-oldest player in NHL history to accomplish the feat during the 2005-06 season at 34 years and 31 days old.
The native of Kladno, Czech Republic has many awards on the international scene. He has won a gold medal (1998) and a bronze medal (2006) at the Olympic Games, two gold medals (2005, ’10) and two bronze medals (1990, 2011) at the IIHF World Championships and a bronze medal at the 1990 IIHF World Junior Championships. Jagr is one of only 30 players in history to join the Triple Gold Club, which includes winning a Stanley Cup, an Olympic gold medal and an IIHF World Championship gold medal. He and Jiri Sliger are the only two players of Czech descent to have achieved this feat.
Jagr currently owns Rytiri Kladno of the Czech Extraliga side, and has been the majority owner of the team since 2011-2012.
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