The legend of Jaromir Jagr continues.
Matthew Tkachuk and Sean Monahan may have been the heroes for the Calgary Flames during their 3-2 OT win over the LA Kings on Wednesday night, but most of the talk was around the 45-year-old playing his first game with the Flames.
Can you really blame anyone?
Debuted in 1990
45 years old
— NHL (@NHL) October 11, 2017
Second to only Wayne Gretzky as the NHL’s all-time leader in points, Jagr was perilously close to not signing a contract at all for this season.
He eventually settled on a one-year, $1 million deal with the Flames.
After taking the time to travel to Calgary and get his conditioning up a bit, he made his season debut in Los Angeles, much to the joy of Flames fans and players.
— The Travelling Jagrs (@68isgr8) October 12, 2017
The Man The Mullet The Legend!
Welcome back Jags!
— Christine Cutler (@HossasBitch81) October 12, 2017
– 56 gm behind Gordie Howe
– 36 g behind Gordie Howe
– 64 pts ahead of Gordie Howe
Jaromir Jagr playing for the Flames still blows my mind.
— Darren Haynes (@DarrenWHaynes) October 12, 2017
Jagr is fitting in nicely with the Flames pic.twitter.com/cqsZZvvAHv
— Flintor (@TheFlintor) October 12, 2017
The Flames are undefeated in the Jaromir Jagr Era
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) October 12, 2017
Oh how we've missed that smile. pic.twitter.com/1U01QO0u0k
— NHL (@NHL) October 12, 2017
Of course, another season of Jagr means countless more jokes about how old he is…
Matthew Tkachuk just scored a goal on his mother's bday. Family celebrating both. She too, is younger than Jagr.
— Ryan Leslie (@ryanleslie73) October 12, 2017
— John Grigg (@John_Grigg) October 4, 2017
Has someone started the Jagr is so old drinking game yet? We will hear it all season. #Flames
— Jon Bateman (@sportfanyyc) October 12, 2017
Jagr played on the third line with Sam Bennett and Kris Versteeg, who were certainly excited for the opportunity to play with the living legend.
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) October 11, 2017
The only person that seemed unhappy with Jagr, was Jagr himself.
He played 13:38 in his first game with the Flames, which included some power play time, but finished with a -1 rating and didn’t register a shot.
He seemed rather disappointed with his performance after the game, but when you’re 45 years old and haven’t played a game in six months, there’s sure to be some growing pains.
Jags’ take on his first game as a Flame! pic.twitter.com/CyDbEHTigS
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) October 12, 2017
Jagr may not have been happy, but the fans certainly were.
Just imagine the hype when he scores his first goal.