During Sunday’s game between Kladno and HC Trinec in the Czech Extraliga, hockey legend Jaromir Jagr scored the 1,099th goal of his professional career, surpassing Wayne Gretzky, who had 1,098.
Gretzky tallied his 1,098 goals between the NHL, WHA (playoffs included for both), as well on the international stage for Canada. As for Jagr, his 1,099 career goals came in the NHL, KHL, and Czech leagues, one goal in the German league, as well as internationally for Czechia.
Congratulations to Jaromir Jagr on accomplishing a massive feat. Jagr is set to turn 51 in just over a week and it doesn’t look like he has any plans of slowing down.
CONGRATS, @68Jagr 👏
With this goal, 🐐 Jaromír Jágr breaks Wayne Gretzky’s record of 1098 professional league goals with goal #1099. https://t.co/ljqmBd3UPy
— Hockey News Hub (@HockeyNewsHub) February 5, 2023
If you still don’t know him…
Jaromír Jágr is a Czech professional ice hockey right winger of Rytíři Kladno of the Czech Extraliga.
He has formerly played in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers, Calgary Flames Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils, serving as captain of the Penguins and the Rangers.
After leaving the Rangers, he played for three seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) with Avangard Omsk before returning to the NHL with the Flyers.
Jaromir is the leading point scorer among active NHL players and has the second most points in NHL history. He is the most productive European player who has ever played in the NHL and is considered one of the greatest professional hockey players of all time. In 1990, at the age of 18, he was the youngest player in the NHL.
On January 27, 2017, in a ceremony during the All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, he was part of the second group of players to be named one of the “100 Greatest NHL Players” in history.
Jaromir was the fifth overall selection in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft and remains the only player still active in the NHL from the 1990 Draft. He won consecutive Stanley Cups in the 1991 and 1992 seasons with the Penguins.
Individually, he has won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL scoring champion five times (four times in a row), the Lester B. Pearson Award for the NHL’s outstanding player as voted by the NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA) three times and the Hart Memorial Trophy as the League’s most valuable player once, while being a finalist an additional four times.
For two decades, from 1981 to 2001, only three players won the Art Ross Trophy as the leading point-scorer over the regular season: Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Jaromir. He has won the award the most of any non-Canadian player.
Jaromir is also one of only 27 hockey players in the Triple Gold Club, individuals who have played for teams that have won the Stanley Cup (1991, 1992), the Ice Hockey World Championships (2005, 2010) and the Olympic gold medal in ice hockey (1998).
He was the Czech Republic’s flag bearer at the 2010 Winter Olympics.