Good morning Wilderness! And what a fine morning it is! Life is finally starting to slow back down after a busy holiday season. But it is not all sunshine and roses my friends. There is a disturbance in the force. One the NHL has not felt for quite some time. It would appear, that Jaromir Jagr’s time in the NHL might be coming to a close.
If you were born after the start of the 1990-1991 season, you do not know an NHL which lacks having one Jaromir Jagr. That is a concept nearly foreign to myself, having been only 9 when he made his NHL debut. To date Jagr has stacked up 1733 NHL games on top of 208 playoff games and 2 Stanley Cups. He’s scored 766 goals along with 1155 assists for a staggering 1921 career points.
In the spring of 1991, Jagr and company broke my little heart as they steamrolled over the Minnesota North Stars in 6 games for the Stanley Cup. Although this wasn’t the straw that broke the camels back for the North Stars time in Minnesota, one has to believe winning the Stanley Cup in 1991 would have gone a long way towards keeping the North in Stars, and the franchise in Minnesota.
So this is kind of bittersweet news for me. On the one hand, screw Jagr and the entire 1990-91 Penguins team. On the other, Jagr was/is a great guy, awesome hockey player, and if he is finally hanging up his skates it closes a huge chapter in NHL for what is certain to be a first ballot hall of fame career for Jagr. So, if this is the end, congratulations Jagr on such an incredible career.
Tonight your Minnesota Wild take on the Jagr-less Calgary Flames and hope to put that disaster in Colorado behind them. Stay tuned to Hockey Wilderness all day for our coverage.
Music today comes from Trevor Hall. I might have clipped this one before but he’s come back around in my cycle of music. Also, Trevor Hall will be in town on February 21st at the Varsity Theater, so if you like his tunes maybe grab yourself a couple tickets and go see him.
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