Hockey fans over the world rejoiced as everyone’s favorite veteran, Jaromir Jagr, made his debut for the Calgary Flames last night against Los Angeles. If you couldn’t stay up late to catch the action, Jagr shook off the rust, recording 13:38 TOI and 15 shifts.
Although the 45-year-old couldn’t contribute on the score sheet, he did manage to use his talent on defense.
LA Kings forward Trevor Lewis was streaking in on goalie Mike Smith before ultimately losing the puck to Calgary defenseman Matt Bartkowski. It seems like a regular, innocent play from a back-checking defenceman until you see the replay.
Lewis had a step on Bartkowski, but Jagr aided the young defenceman by using his stick to push Bartkowski back into the play, ultimately breaking up the scoring chance. Jagr is clearly having fun on the ice and helped his team in a moment where the Kings could have scored.
Jagr’s play may have helped the Flames outlast the Kings, as Calgary would go on to dump the Kings 4-3 in Overtime thanks to a Sean Monahan goal.
As the season progresses we hope to see more of Jaromir’s fun antics.