Devils' Jagr becomes oldest NHLer to score hat trick, his first since 2006
For Jaromir Jagr, age is only a number, and it's one he continues to use to break records.
The 42-year-old Devils winger notched a hat trick against the Flyers on Saturday. He becomes the oldest NHL player in history to tally three goals in a game, a full year and 106 days older than Gordie Howe (41 years, 216 days) was for his last trio. He opened the scoring against Philadelphia at 13:20 in the first period with a backhand shot, follow it up with a wrist shot 6:36 later, and again at 12:32 of the second period.
Per Elias Sports Bureau, Jaromir Jagr (42) is the oldest player in NHL history to net a hat trick. Gordie Howe was previous oldest at 41.— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) January 4, 2015
While Jagr has been a consistent scorer over his 24-year professional career in North America and Russia, it was his first hat trick since his days with the Rangers, a span of 417 games.
Jaromir Jagr's first hat trick since March 22, 2006 vs. Flyers (with Rangers)— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) January 4, 2015
His three goals helped the Devils to a 5-2 win over the Flyers, and moved him within three of tying Phil Esposito for fifth on the league's all-time goals list with 717. He is now 18 points shy of Ron Francis (1,798) for fourth in all-time points.
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