In the second period of the Devils ‘s 6-1 victory over the New York Islanders, Devils winger Jaromir Jagr scored his 700th career NHL goal, only the seventh player in the history of the NHL to do so.
Jagr joins some very exclusive company with his entry into the 700 goal club, joining Hall of Famers Mike Gartner (708), Phil Esposito (717), Marcel Dionne (731), Brett Hull (741), Gordie Howe (801) and Wayne Gretzky (894) as the only players to ever reach that milestone. If Jagr opts to extened his career another year or two and continues at the level he has this year he has a legitimate chance of surpassing Gartner, Esposito, Dionne and Hull to rank third all time; there’s very little chance he could hang around long enough to reach the 800 goal plateau.
It takes longevity and consistency to reach a milestone such as this and Jagr has both. Jagr registered 30 or more goals in 15 straight seasons between 1991 and 2006-07 including a career high of 62 in 1995-96. Remarkably, Jagr has never lead the NHL in goals in any season of his career.
Jagr has played for Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils in his 20 year career, winning two Stanley Cups with the Pens and a Hart Memorial trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player in 1998-99 for the Penguins.