Will Jagr Play Until He’s 50?

Pittsburgh Penguins' superstar Jaromir Jagr, left, talks with Wayne Gretzky, after Jagr scored the OT winner to beat the Rangers in Gretzky's last ever NHL game. Gretzky later told reporters after the game that he had told Jagr that he was "passing the torch to him". (Photo: John Dunn/AP)

Jaromir Jagr (l) talks with Wayne Gretzky. Gretzky later told reporters he was “passing the torch to him”. (Photo: John Dunn/AP)

Jaromir Jagr told NorthJersey.com yesterday that he would like to play until the age of 50, and perhaps longer.

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Jagr is a 1st ballot Hall of Famer and at this point in his career he isn’t just a big name he is still a productive winger that brings leadership and incredible puck control. The only road block that Jagr sees in playing for as long as he’d like to, is his health and general ability.

“If I stay healthy it’s not going to be my last year in hockey. I want to play till 50 maybe longer, but I want to play in the NHL if I’m good enough I don’t want to be here just to be here.”

 

Jagr also didn’t rule out the possibility of playing in another league. “If I’m good enough to play in this league, I want to do it. If I’m not I’m going to play somewhere else.” Jagr played for 3 seasons in the KHL with the Omsk Avangard.

Last season Jagr led the Devils in points (67), he had 24 goals and 43 assists. This mark was good for 27th in the NHL. The Devils are counting on Jagr to have another season like last year.

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Jagr stood healthy all of last season playing in 82 games. Around older players there is always the thought process of when the said player will start to break down and dramatically fall off. It is a fact of life in every profession. But Jagr looked like his old self last season pulling out of the corner with the puck and finding guys all over the ice.

 

 

 

Jagr is passionate about the game and the people who have watched him would love him to stay around as long as possible. Every NHL fan knows that no one controls the puck like Jagr.

You can watch the full interview below.

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