Jaromir Jagr is a member of the Czech Olympic hockey team who is considered by most to be the most notable hockey player in his country's history. His legend started when he joined the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins as an 18 year old in 1990, where he would win Stanley Cups in his first two seasons in the League. He continued to build his reputation in Pittsburgh when he led the NHL in scoring five times between 1995 and 2001, while serving as a staple on the Czech Olympic hockey team that won gold medals in 1998. Jagr, who will turn 42 during the 2014 Olympics, has also played in the NHL for the Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils, who are his current team.
- Is seventh in NHL history in scoring.
- Is the NHL's all-time leader in game-winning goals.
- Won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer five times.
- Won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP in 1999, and was one of three finalists on four other occasions.
- Has played in 12 NHL All-Star Games.
- Won the Lester B. Pearson Award, which is now called the Ted Lindsay Award, as the NHL's best player as voted on by his peers in 1999, 2000 and 2006.
- Seven times a member of the NHL's First All-Star Team.
- Won an Olympic gold medal in 1998, and a bronze medal in 2006. Has also played in the 2002 and 2010 Olympics.
- Won Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and 1992.
- Won gold medals at the World Championships in both 2005 and 2010. Took bronzes in 1990 and 2011.
- Won a bronze medal playing for Czechoslovakia at the 1990 World Junior Championships.
Things to know:
1. Wears #68 to honor the Prague Spring of 1968, which was a failed Czech revolution against the Soviet Union.
2. His grandfather, also named Jaromir, died in prison during the 1968 Prague Spring. The elder Jaromir had been put in jail by Soviet forces for refusing to work on his own farm for free.
3. Jagr and Jiri Slegr are the only Czech players to have ever won a Stanley Cup, an Olympic gold medal and a World Championships gold medal.