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The New Jersey Devils have announced the re-signing of right winger Jaromir Jagr. Lou Lamoriello, Devils President and General Manager, made the announcement yesterday afternoon. This will be Jagr’s second season with the Devils. He led the team this past season in points with 67, and also led the team with 43 assists. He finished second in goals with 24.
Jagr has appeared in over 20 seasons with seven different teams including the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, and of course the New Jersey Devils.
Jagr made many accomplishments this season with the Devils, including moving up the list of all-time scorers. He is now seventh on the all-time scoring list with 705 goals, joining the likes of greats Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Brett Hull, Marcel Dionne, Phil Esposito, and Mike Gartner. Not only is he featured on the all-time scoring list but he also takes eighth in assists (1,050), is tied for sixth in points (1,755), and the list doesn’t end there. The next list that features him is quite impressive — coming out as the league’s all time leader in game-winning goals with 124, 18 of those goals scored in overtime.
Besides being featured on these lists, Jagr has quite the collection of awards from over the years. In the 1998-99 season, he received the Hart Memorial Trophy which is awarded to the player who is seen as most valuable to the team. He has also won the Art Ross Trophy, awarded to league scoring champion, and has starred in nine NHL All-Star Games.
Jagr has even taken his talents to the international level. The Czech Republic native has been in five Winter Olympic Games, winning Gold in 1998 and Bronze in 2006. He has played for the Czech Republic in World Cup of Hockey tournaments, the Canada Cup, nine World Championships, and the World Junior Championship.
Jaromir Jagr was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1990 NHL entry draft, and was chosen fifth overall. He won back to back Stanley Cups with the Penguins in the 1990-1991 and 1991-1992 seasons. He would have been an unrestricted free agent this summer had he not re-signed with the Devils. Jagr has commented on his signing, saying that he is excited to stay in New Jersey, and will continue his impressive hockey career. Jagr’s hockey resume and performance this past season prove how key a player he is for the Devils, who are in need of strong offensive players.
Devils and Jaromir Jagr fans — get ready to continue watching #68 in action and see how high up on the NHL all-time leading lists he can climb.