NHL legend Jaromir Jagr celebrates 44th birthday

The average professional hockey player retires around age 30 but Jaromir Jagr has proven he’s anything but average. The 5 time Art Ross Trophy winner turns 44 today, further cementing his place as the NHL’s oldest active player.

Jagr has played for over a dozen professional teams in the NHL and internationally, starting his NHL career with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1990. At 44, born in 1972, Jagr is decades ahead of upcoming proteges such as Connor McDavid and still years older than situated stars like Sidney Crosby.

He holds dozens of NHL records such as Most Consecutive 70 Point Seasons, and Most Career Game-Winning Goals. He’s won two Stanley Cups and an ESPY Award in addition to winning the Art Ross multiple times as well as the Hart Memorial.

Currently, Jagr has played in 1,603 NHL games, has 739 goals and 1,103 assists with a +/- of 304. He is the leading scorer among active NHL players and is 4th for all-time trailing Gordie Howe, Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky.

Jagr isn’t the oldest player to ever play in the NHL. But today he breaks the top 10, surpassing Teemu Selanne, who retired just shy of his 44th birthday.

Jaromir Jagr currently plays for the Florida Panthers where he has 17 goals and 23 assists for the 2015-16 season.

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