New Jersey's Jagr Passes Gordie Howe on NHL's All-Time Assist List

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 04: Jaromir Jagr #68 of the New Jersey Devils plays the puck against the Washington Capitals during the game at the Prudential Center on April 4, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffApril 14, 2014

With a pair of helpers in Sunday's season finale, Jaromir Jagr of the New Jersey Devils passed hockey legend Gordie Howe to move into eighth place on the NHL's all-time leader list for assists, per NHL.com.

Jagr's two third-period assists in Sunday's 3-2 triumph over the Boston Bruins upped his career mark to 1,050 in 1,473 NHL regular-season contests. Howe racked up his 1,049 assists in a league-record 1,767 career NHL games.

In addition to overtaking Howe, with his pair of points on Sunday, Jagr tied Steve Yzerman for sixth on the NHL's all-time list in that category at 1,755.

The 42-year-old Jagr finished the 2013-14 season as the Devils' leading scorer, with 67 points (including 24 goals) while playing in all 82 of the team's regular-season games.

Given his current high level of play, it's widely assumed that Jagr will continue his NHL career next season, though at this stage it's unclear which uniform he will be sporting when he pursues his next league milestone.

With 705 career tallies since making his NHL debut for the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 1990-91 season, Jagr trails Mike Gartner by just three goals for sixth overall on the league's all-time goals scored leaderboard. Meanwhile, in the overall scoring department, he's 16 points away from matching Marcel Dionne's career mark of 1,771 (which places him fifth overall).

Stats via NHL.com unless otherwise noted.

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