Age Is But A Number

A record once held by hockey’s greatest player, Gordie Howe, was recently broken by Jaromir Jagr: the oldest NHL player to record a hat trick. Before Jagr was more recently traded to the Florida Panthers, jagrhe scored three goals when the New Jersey Devils beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2. At 42 years and 322 days old, he broke Howe’s previous record set when he was 41 years and 217 days old. And yes, the days matter. Jagr, having scored his last hat trick in 2006 while he was with the New York Rangers, said, “Gordie Howe didn’t do it. I thought he did it. I was sure he did it. I like to score hat trick, but I don’t like (being) the oldest guy (to do it). I don’t want to be the oldest guy, but I’m glad I scored.”

That’s not the only record Jagr may break, though. He ranks #5 in career points with 1,787, trailing Ron Francis by 11 points, Howe by 63 points, Mark Messier by 100 points and then is nowhere close to “The Great One”, Wayne Gretzky who sits high at 2,857 points. Let’s all keep our eyes to this impressive player, having been traded to the Florida Panthers, as he and the rest of the team steam towards the playoffs. The fact that Jagr is 43 only means that he has moves left in him.



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