The 2022 Stanley Cup Final will be the first series in over 40 years that will not include a former teammate of Jaromir Jagr.
The 2022 Stanley Cup Final begins on Wednesday, June 15. The Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche made it out of their respective conference and will vie to be the team that hoists Lord Stanley’s Cup by the end of the series. But, there is one interesting fact about this year’s Stanley Cup Final.
For the first time in over 40 years, the Stanley Cup Final will not feature a former teammate of NHL legend Jaromir Jagr. Don’t take our word for it, take a look at the graphic NHL’s official Twitter account featured a list of all of Jagr’s former teammates to compete in the Final, dating back to 1980.
2022 Stanley Cup Final to be the first in over 40 years to not feature a teammate of Jaromir Jagr
Jagr entered the NHL in 1990 as a fifth-overall pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins and had immediate success. The Penguins won the Stanley Cup in each of Jagr’s first two NHL seasons teaming alongside Mario Lemieux.
The winger’s first stint in the NHL included tenures with the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers before departing the league in 2008. He returned in 2013 as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. He would play for the Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils, Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames before leaving the NHL again in 2018.
Tampa Bay is looking to make history in this year’s Final, as a win would make them the first team to win the Stanley Cup in three consecutive seasons since the New York Islanders dynasty that won four-consecutive titles from 1980-83.
Colorado, meanwhile, have made it to the Final two other times in their franchise’s history, and they walked away with the Stanley Cup both times. They swept the Florida Panthers in 1996 and defeated the New Jersey Devils in seven games in 2001.
But for the first time in over 40 years, a former teammate of Jagr will not be involved in the Final. The streak…is over.