Jaromir Jagr is a living legend, and he’s widely acknowledged as one of the greatest players of all time. He’s played in more than 2,000 professional games, and he’s had one of the longest careers in all of hockey.
And what’s even more remarkable is that it’s still not over. Jaromir Jagr is 51 years of age but still plays in his native Czechia with the club Kladno, where Jagr is the owner.
Jagr has the second-most points in NHL history, but since he’s still not retired, he’s not eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame. It also means that his No. 68 can’t be retired by the Pittsburgh Penguins, but it will undoubtedly happen in the future.
Earlier this year, Jagr wished for the Penguins to play a game in Prague, where he would do a ceremonial puck drop and then weeks later return to Pittsburgh for a jersey retirement.
“He said, ‘I would love to have that moment with the team here, do a puck drop, announce my retirement then and maybe a couple weeks later, come back to Pittsburgh and put the jersey in the rafters.’ That’s his vision, his dream,” Phil Bourque said.
But now, Jagr actually seems to be teasing about a return to the NHL—as a player. Jagr posted a video on Instagram where he met fans and took selfies with them. One of the fans asked Jagr when he’s returning to play in Pittsburgh, and Jagr answered, ”Next year.”
Jagr also wrote ”Next year” as the caption on his Instagram post, obviously teasing that something is about to happen.
On social media, fans were going wild about Jagr’s teasing message.
”Please, let this happen! 65 points guaranteed,” one said.
”What a legend!” Another said.
”You’re getting my hopes up, Jagr,” a third added.