Philadelphia Flyers winger Jaromir Jagr doesn’t want to do anything but play hockey, and he hopes to do so until age 50, according to a Sports Illustrated feature titled "The Jagr Hockey School" that hit newsstands Wednesday. While he’s yet to light the lamp with a goal, his leadership off the ice is what intrigued Flyers management to sign the veteran forward this summer.
There are many revelations in the profile of the 39-year-old first-ballot Hall of Famer, written by Brian Cazeneuve. Among the good takeaways:
Jagr Likes to Practice Late. One of the first things the winger asked for upon signing was a key to the practice facility for late-night practice sessions, ones that his teammates began attending and calling the Jagr Hockey School. From left wing Jody Shelley: “He loves hockey more than any guy in the room. Some guys want to go out, some read books, some watch movies. He just wants to be on the ice.”
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