Jaromir Jagr is a Czech professional ice hockey right winger for Rytiri Kladno of the Czech Extraliga (ELH). He also played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, and Dallas Stars, among others.
Jagr is a legend in NHL history, not only as the stellar and a total blast on the ice but also as one of the wealthiest NHL players in history.
The first Czech to play in the NHL as a professional, Jaromir has been active since 1988 and started his NHL career with the Penguins in 1990.
Not to mention, his contract with the Washington Capitals worth $77 million was the most expensive contract at that time.
Since leaving the Calgary Flames of the NHL in 2018, he has played as a right wing for the Czech team. He has also expressed his wish to end his career with them in past interviews.
Besides his colorful and hectic professional life, today, we will also talk about his personal life. But let’s first look at the quick facts table;
|February 15, 1972
|51 Years Old
|6’3″/1.90 m/190 cm
|104 kg/230 lb.
|Professional ice hockey player
|Jersey, Rookie Cards
Age And Body Measurements
Jaromir Jagr was born on February 15, 1972, making him 51 years old.
The stellar player was born under the sign of Aquarius, and people under this sign are known for their uniqueness and stubbornness.
Blessed with athletic skills, Jagr has an athletic build to support his career, considering how rough the game can be at some point.
The right wing is 6 feet 3 inches (190 meters) tall, a total beast on the ice. With proper workouts and exercise, Jagr maintains his weight at around 104 kg (230 pounds).
Early Life, Family, And Jersey Number
Jaromir Jagr was born in Kladno, Czechoslovakia, to his father, Jaromir Jagr Sr., and his mother, Anna Jagrova.
Not to mention, his father owned a hotel chain and served as the president of HC Kladno. Sadly, Jaromir Sr., aged 82, died on November 16, 2022.
Other than his parents, Jagr also has a sister named Jitka Kallova.
Aside from the names of his mother and sister, other information like their profession and whereabouts have been kept a secret from the media.
Jagr has been skating since age three and has shown exceptional skills.
By age 15, he was already playing at the highest level of competition in Czechoslovakia for HC Kladno. At 17, the right wing became the youngest member of the Czechoslovakia national team.
Since his whole childhood and teenage life was dedicated to ice hockey, there is not much stuff on his educational part. But we will update you as soon as we get some information on them.
Nonetheless, many might not know, but Jagr wears the number 68 and has been throughout his career in honor of the Prague Spring that happened in 1968 Czechoslovakia.
Entry To The NHL, Early Career At Pittsburgh Penguins
Jagr was someone who pursued and honed his skills on the ice ever since he was a child. His dedication and eagerness to learn could be seen in his games and play.
As a result, he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins with the fifth overall pick in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, making him the first Czechoslovak to be selected in the NHL draft.
With his arrival and a couple of other stellar players, the Pittsburgh Penguins became the powerhouse that went on to win two Stanley Cups back-to-back in 1991 and 1992.
Following his contribution, the right wing became one of the youngest players in NHL history (20) to score a goal in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Despite being the beast on ice, Jagr still lacked social skills, mainly because he lacked an understanding of English.
In his early days, Jaromir listened to the daily weather forecast on Pittsburgh radio station WDVE and played scrabble to increase his English vocabulary.
During the 1994-95 season, Jaromir won the first Art Ross Trophy after finishing the regular season with the most points.
The following year, he set another record for most scores by a European-born player. In 1997-98, Jagr was assigned the Captain’s role after their former captain Ron Francis left the team.
Furthermore, Jaromir won four straight NHL scoring titles from 1997-98 to 2000-01, followed by the Hart Memorial Trophy, the NHL’s most valuable player, and the Lester B. Pearson Award in 1999.
Also, in the 1998 Winter Olympics, he led his national team to win the gold medal. In the 2000-01 season, he was struggling to score and had trouble coming TO terms with THE Penguins then head coach, Ivan Hlinka.
Jagr played 806 teams with Pittsburgh, and he left the team as the second player to score 1,000 points as a Penguin, but now has been replaced by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Washington Capitals And Future Teams
After spending a decade with the Penguins, Jagr was traded, along with Frantisek Kucera, to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Kris Beech, Michal Sivek, and Ross Lupaschuk in 2001.
He signed with the Capitals on a seven-year/$77 million deal, the then-largest contract ever in NHL history, with an option for an eighth year.
Jagr failed to live up to the expectations. He failed to defend the division title and missed the 2002 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Not only did he fail to be NHL’s top scorer, but he also did not make the NHL All-Star team.
Similarly, in 2002-03, Washington finished sixth in the Eastern Conference but lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the 2003 playoffs.
Stumbling from failure after failure, Washington wished to trade their high-priced veteran, but barely any teams were willing to risk so much money on Jagr.
Eventually, the right wing was traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for Anson Carter and an agreement that Washington would pay approximately $4 million per year of his salary.
Due to the new CBA signed before the 2005-06 season, Jaromir’s salary was reduced to $7.8 million.
Jagr led his national team to gold at the 2005 World Hockey Championships and was selected for a tournament all-star.
With that, he also became a member of hockey’s prestigious Triple Gold Club, players who have won a Stanley Cup, a World Hockey Championships, and an Olympic gold medal.
Since his team, Rangers missed seven consecutive seasons. Many picked them as the worst team in the league.
After The Fall
Jaromir stood for his team and promised they would be surprised when they made the Stanley Cup playoffs.
As said, Jagr started strong initially and became the fourth NHL player to score ten or more goals in less than ten games.
The right wing broke many records and helped his team move forward in the season. But his injuries put the Rangers in a tight spot.
On October 5, 2006, just before his game against the former team Washington, he was named the 24th captain in the history of the New York Ranger, replacing Mark Messier.
After New York Rangers
Jaromir moved to Avangard Omsk in 2008 as an unrestricted free agent for the first time on July 3, 2008.
Despite showing his interest in playing in the NHL, he agreed to a two-year contract with the team worth $5 million. The following year, he was named the captain of the group.
After the expiration of his initial contract, Jagr signed a new contract with Avangard for the 2010-11 season.
But as soon as his contract ended, Jagr made his return to the NHL after signing a one-year/$3.3 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers, a cross-state rival of the Penguins.
During his debut game, Jagr scored his 1,600th NHL point. After his short stint with the Flyers, the professional hockey player signed a one-year/$4.5 million contract with the Dallas Stars. It was his first time playing for the Western Conference.
Jagr played for Rytiri Kladno during the 2012-13 NHL lockout. After the lockout ended, as a Star, he reached the 1,000-assist mark on 29 March 2013, becoming just the 12th player and first non-Canadian to reach the milestone.
But on April 2, 2013, he was traded for the Boston Bruins in exchange for Lane MacDermid, Cody Payne, and a conditional third-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
The right wing has also played for the New Jersey Devils (2013-2015), Florida Panthers (2015-2017), and Calgary Flames (2017-2018).
After being waived by the Flames, Jagr signed with Rytiri Kladno, a Czech professional ice hockey team of the Czech Extraliga.
Is Jaromir Jagr Still Playing Hockey? Where Is He Now?
Despite being on the ice professionally for more than 35 years, Jaromir has not slowed down but has shown the same passion for the game as he did back in the day.
Since 2018, the professional ice hockey player has been playing with his team Kladno. However, his injuries and aging body indeed have made it hard to play rigorously.
Aside from his professional career, Jagr seems to be happy in his personal life. As of now, this 51-year-old NHL player has been in A relationship with Dominika Branisova since 2021.
Before Branisovea, Jagr has had a fair share of relationships in the past. He was seen briefly dating Nikol Lenertova in 1999. After this, he was seen with Andrea Veresova for a few years, from 1999 to 2003.
The former NHL player dated Lucie Borhyova in 2004 before committing to a serious relationship with Inna Puhajkova. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out, and the former pair parted ways in 2012.
After his numerous failed attempt at having a married life, Jagr stayed single for many years. Eventually, he was seen with another fine lady, Veronika Koprivova, whom he dated from 2015 to 2019. Koprivova was the Miss Czech pageant finalist in 2012.
How Much Is Jaromir Jagr Worth? Net Worth And Salary
From what we know, Jaromir Jagr has shown exceptional skills on the ice since childhood.
His zeal led Washington to make a $77 million contract with young Jagr. Simultaneously, he attracted several other extravagant deals from different teams.
During his time in the NHL, he is estimated to have garnered $135,382,322 million. Moreover, the former NHL player has accumulated a net worth of $50 million as of 2024.
Jaromir is also one of the richest hockey players right now. Even though his contract amount kept decreasing over the years, his worth in hockey is still the same.
Aside from this, Jagr has yet to reveal his other incomes and assets for public knowledge.
Net Worth of Jaromir Jagr In Different Currencies
Let’s have a look into the net worth of Jaromir Jagr in different currencies, including the Indian Rupee and BitCoin.
Social Media Presence
The professional hockey player uses social media to keep his fans posted about his life. He also uses these platforms to make endorsements and to promote different causes.
He is available on Instagram under the handle @jj68jaromirjagr and Twitter @68Jagr.
Instagram: 416k followers
Twitter: 309.8k followers
Landing one of the most expensive contracts and playing in the NHL for 25 seasons, Jaromir has garnered many fans worldwide.
The above graph gives brief information about the popularity of Jaromir Jagr based on Google searches in the United States over a year.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the Penguin Jersey Number of Jagr?
Jagr wears Jersey number 68.
When did Jaromir Jagr and Mario Lemieux play together?
Jagr and Lemieux played together on February 23, 1996.
Has Jaromir Ever lost his Teeth?
The ice-hockey player lost teeth after a high stick to the mouth during his team's win over the Ottawa Senators.