Jaromir Jagr passes NHL legend with assist against Rangers

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It appears as though Jaromir Jagr will be playing in the NHL until he gets admitted to a nursing home.

The 22-year veteran seemingly has no intention on retiring any time soon.

Nor should he.

At 45-years-old, Jagr is still performing at a productive level for the Florida Panthers, and as long as he’s in the league and in good form, he will continue to set new records like he did on Friday night against the New York Rangers.

With a pair of assists in Florida’s intense 4-3 shootout victory, he passed a hockey legend in an important category.

Any time a hockey player is mentioned alongside this man, it’s for a wildly impressive reason.

Posting 268 points after turning is one thing, but trumping Gordie Howe is an entirely different story. That takes some serious skill and some serious longevity. 

Some devout fans who made the trip to New York celebrated in the stands after the historic helper. Check out their enthusiastic reaction. 

Not only is that pure dedication, but the Jagr mullets were a nice touch. You can make the argument that Jagr's mullet is among the top mullets in sports history, if not at the top of the list. 

Here’s a short list of the players that Jagr passed in the process of becoming the most productive player in the history of the league after the age of 40. You'll notice all of the names. 

Those are some impressive players to pass. 

And he's not going anywhere. Check out what he said after the game. 

That opens the door to a whole new world of possibilities when it comes to other major cumulative career numbers for the veteran. 

If you were wondering whether or not Jagr is really still in peak physical condition, check out the video below. 

As if you needed proof! One-legged squats are difficult at any age. The fact that he completed some at 45-years-old is a testament to his conditioning and overall athleticism. 

On the season, Jagr has posted 14 goals and 23 assists for 37 points in 69 games played for the Panthers. While those aren't career-best numbers, he has shown that he can still perform at the highest level. 

Coming up on Sunday, he will shockingly play in his 1,700th NHL game against one of his former teams.

As long as he stays on the ice, Jagr will be one of the most polarizing players in the league and is a joy to watch every time he skates. 

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