Jaromir Jagr, one of the greatest ice hockey players of all time, celebrated his 45th birthday on February 15, and we decided to pay tribute to this phenomenal Czech winger by dedicating our post to him today. Jaromir Jagr has taken the world of ice hockey by storm and – despite his age – not only is he still playing (currently for the Florida Panthers), but he is often putting out insane numbers and performances. If you want to learn more about this outstanding athlete, check out these 25 Things You Might Not Know About Jaromir Jagr – The Ageless Wonder.
Jaromir Jagr is known for his “midnight trainings.” He particularly enjoys midnight skating sessions with a weighted vest.
A true workout wonder, he did 2,000 squats and 100 push-ups daily when he was just 9 years old.
Jagr always wears No.68 to honor his country and his grandfather who passed away during the Prague Spring, a rebellion against the Soviet Union that took place in then Czechoslovakia in 1968.
Jagr is an Orthodox Christian; he was baptized in 2001 by Prague's metropolitan bishop.
In 2000, Jagr became the first player ever to garner one million votes to the All-Star Game.
The letters in “Jaromir” can be rearranged to “Mario Jr.” When Jagr played for the Pittsburgh Penguins (1990 – 2001), he played in one line with Mario Lemieux, another ice hockey icon.
Jagr and his teammates from the Czech national team inspired an opera, "Nagano," that was written to celebrate the gold-medal triumph by the Czechs at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Japan.
Most of the current NHL players were not yet born when Jaromir Jagr, aged 18, played his first NHL game for the Penguins.
Jagr is known for his jokes. He once said he wanted to finish his professional career in China, explaining, “Once I am bad at ice hockey, I will be still good enough to play in China.”
No offense to any Chinese hockey fans here. Just an example of a joke all in good humor.
Jaromir´s father, Jaromir Jagr Sr., is the owner of HC Kladno, a Czech ice hockey team based in Jagr´s home town, Kladno. Jaromir Jagr Jr. would play for the club in stints in 1994, 2004, and 2014 during the NHL lockouts.
On his 45th birthday, February 15, 2017, Jagr collected his 1900th point in the NHL with an assist against San Jose. His team (the Florida Panthers) won the game 6:5 in overtime.
Jagr likes to use his rear end while playing. Former New York Rangers coach Tom Renney once said, "It blocks out the sun. There's no getting around it.”
Jaromir Jagr never drinks alcohol and never smokes.
Jaromir Jagr is the leading point scorer among active NHL players, the most productive European player in NHL history, and the second most productive player in NHL history (after Wayne Gretzki).
In a strange product tie-in, Jaromir Jagr ended up with his own brand of peanut butter. During the height of Jagr’s fame as a Pittsburgh Penguin, he also had his own ice cream bar, the Jagr Bar.
Jagr thinks he can play until he is 50. Reporters thought he was joking when he first confessed to this thought, but it turns out it was one of the few times he sounded serious during an interview about his future.
Soon after Jagr arrived to Pittsburgh in 1990, he built a reputation as a wild child. He loved fast cars and life in the fast lane. He had a glove box full of speeding tickets that he, allegedly, never paid.
After scoring a goal, Jaromir Jagr always salutes.
Jaromir has a unique group of fans known as the “Traveling Jagrs.” The group currently consists of 18 members who wear Jagr´s jerseys and wigs resembling his iconic mullet.
Jagr is one of only 27 hockey players in the Triple Gold Club, individuals who have played for teams that have won the Stanley Cup (1991, 1992), the Ice Hockey World Championships (2005, 2010), and the Olympic gold medal in ice hockey (1998).
Jagr´s favorite athletes are John McEnroe (a tennis player) and Pedro Martinez (a baseball player).
Jaromir Jagr has had two seven-point games. The first one was for the Pittsburgh Penguins against the New York Islanders (3 goals and 4 assists) in 1999, and the other one was for the Washington Capitals against the Florida Panthers (3 goals and 4 assists) in 2003.
Jagr hates peppers and lentils, but he loves schnitzels. He can gobble kilograms of schnitzels.
For 3 seasons, between 2008 and 2011, Jagr played in the Russian KHL for Avangard Omsk.
Jaromir Jagr is a huge music fan. He was into heavy metal when he was in his teens and early 20's. Now, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, and Guns n Roses are his favorite bands.
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