Senators marvel at Jagr’s ‘astonishing’ longevity
CALGARY The Ottawa Senators have nothing but respect for Jaromir Jagr.
In fact, they marvel that the 45-year-old is back in the league for his 24th NHL season after making his debut with the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night in Los Angeles against the Kings.
The Senators are looking forward to getting a first-hand look Friday night as their three-game Western Canada road swing continues against the Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Jagr has 765 goals and 1,149 assists for 1,914 points in 1,712 career NHL games. It’s incredible, really. “It’s pretty cool. To see a guy playing at the age of 45 is pretty insane,” said winger Mark Stone after the Senators’ skate at the Stampede Corral on Thursday.
“He’s been able to keep his body in tremendous shape.
“It’s always cool to play against a guy who’s second in points all time behind Wayne Gretzky.”
It was pointed out to Stone that Jagr played his first game with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1990-91 season, before the 25-year-old was even born. He has 44 goals and 46 assists for 90 points in 78 career games against the Senators.
“He played a lot of games before a lot of guys were born in this league,” added Stone.
“I don’t know how many he’s played, but if he had those three years where he played back in Russia (in the KHL) he might have played even more.”
Jagr didn’t have any points in his debut with the Flames in Los Angeles and played a little more than 13 minutes while skating with Kris Versteeg and Sam Bennett.
“He’s Jagr. They’re going to get great puck possession, a big body that can hold onto it, a guy that has some offence and a lot of experience. They’ve got him on their third line and they’ve got more depth,” said coach Guy Boucher.
“I’m only a year older than (Jagr) and I feel 20 years older. I get up in the morning and my goodness, I can’t believe he’s still going.
“It’s a tribute, not just to the player, but to persistence and all the qualities that make for a superstar and being able to sustain that is just absolutely astonishing.”
At 45 years of age, Calgary Flames forward Jaromir Jagr is playing in his 24th NHL season.