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Jaromír Jágr

Profession: Ice Hockey Player

Nationality:
Czech Republic
Czech

Why Famous: Jágr is a Czech ice hockey right winger known for having the second highest points in NHL history, behind Wayne Gretzky. During his time with the Pittsburgh Penguins, they won the Stanley Cup twice in a row.

Having started skating at age three, Jágr was playing at the highest level in Czechoslovakia at 15 and then, at only 17, was selected for the Czechoslovakia national team.

In 1990, as the Iron Curtain was falling, Jágr was the first player from Czechoslovakia to be drafted without having to defect; it was then in 1991 and 1992 that Jágr supported the Penguins to two back-to-back Stanley Cup victories.

Jágr was named in 2017 as one of the 100 greatest NHL players in the sport's history. He is also a member of the 'Triple Gold Club'—for entry to which an individual must have participated in team victories in the Stanley Cup, the Ice Hockey World Championships, and an Olympic gold medal for ice hockey.

Born: February 15, 1972
Birthplace: Kladno, Czech Republic
Age: 49 years old

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Aquarius

Historical Events

  • 2003-01-11 Washington right wing Jaromír Jágr scores his 10th career hat-trick and adds 4 assists for 7 points and his 1,200th NHL point in a 12-2 win against Florida; Jágr has 20+ goals in each of his 13 NHL seasons

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