Jan 4, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Jaromir Jagr: I’ll play until I’m 70 to beat Gretzky’s points record


Veteran right winger Jaromir Jagr is currently seventh place in the NHL’s all-time points list, after passing his former Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Mario Lemieux late last week. Jagr, who is currently playing for the New Jersey Devils, is within striking distance of cracking the top five, but he’s got a long way to go if he ever wants to be No. 1 on the list.

Wayne Gretzky remains the NHL’s all-time points leader and has a 1,133 point advantage over Jagr. However, don’t let that make you think that Jagr won’t go down with a shot.

At 41 years old, it is clear that Jagr is nearing the end of his playing career, but he joked that he would be wiling to play until he was 70 in order to surpass Gretzky’s mark.

“Hey, I can do it,” Jagr said, via the Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti. “If somebody can do it, I can do it.”

The most important thing to note from Jagr’s comments is that retirement does not appear to be on his mind. His contract with the Devils expires after this season, so we may once again see Jagr on the open market as he attempts to continue climbing the all-time points list.

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