Vancouver gets a rare visit from Jaromir Jagr as Dallas Stars face Canucks tonight
It doesn't happen often, but it will tonight—on his 41st birthday, no less.
Jaromír Jágr, eighth on the National Hockey League's all-time scoring list (1664 points) and the leading scorer among active players, will suit up for the Dallas Stars tonight (February 15) against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.
Jágr has a history in this city, despite the fact he's only played 10 NHL games here over a spectacular 20-year career.
He was selected fifth overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1990 NHL Draft which was held at B.C. Place Stadium. Jágr was also the flag-bearer for the Czech Republic at the 2010 Olympic opening ceremony, also held at B.C. Place.
Jágr hasn't played in Vancouver since he and the New York Rangers were shutout 3-0 on January 3, 2008. Prior to that, his last NHL visit was November 3, 2000, with the Penguins.
To put Jágr's career in perspective, he made his NHL debut on October 5, 1990. Six days earlier, Canucks forward Jordan Schroeder was born and teammate Zack Kassian had yet to enter this world. And when he was drafted in 1990, the site Rogers Arena sits on was a vacant lot.
Jágr's best night in Vancouver came on February 27, 1996, when he had two goals and two assists as Pittsburgh beat Kirk McLean and the Canucks 7-4.
All-time, he has 6+6=12 in his 10 games in this city.
Jágr leads the Stars with 11 points in 13 games so far this season, his first in the Lone Star State.