Jaromir Jagr continues to prove age is just a number, as the 44-year-old Florida Panther tied legend Gordie Howe for third all-time with his 1,850th career point, per George Richards of the Miami Herald.
Jagr assisted on Erik Gudbranson's goal with 10 minutes, 18 seconds remaining in the first period in Thursday's game against the Colorado Avalanche.
Here's the exchange between Jagr and Gudbranson that led to Jagr's historic moment, via Sportsnet:
Jaromir Jagr picks up assist to move into tie with Gordie Howe on NHL's all-time points list with 1,850.https://t.co/jK7s5zRak2— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 4, 2016
The assist was Jagr's 26th of the season. The veteran captain now has a team-leading 47 points for Florida, which came into Thursday's game atop the Atlantic Division.
The next target on the list is Mark Messier, and Jagr would need to record approximately two points per game in order to catch him this year, per James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail:
Jaromir Jagr hits 1,850 career points, tying Gordie Howe. Needs 37 to catch Mark Messier in second.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) March 4, 2016
Not only has Jagr had a historic season, but thanks to his play, the Panthers are also on the verge of making the playoffs for only the second time since the 1999-00 season. The five-time Art Ross Trophy winner might not win the trophy this year, but he will lead a young Florida team into the playoffs with a chance to make a deep run.
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