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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 20: Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Calgary Flames looks on against the Washington Capitals during the third period at Capital One Arena on November 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

We haven’t seen Jaromir Jagr on an NHL sheet since Dec. 31, 2017.

It was back then that Jagr, 45 at the time, was playing with the Calgary Flames in what was the final game of a 22-game run that featured just one goal and seven points. It turned out to be the swan song of what was an incredible NHL career, with 766 goals and 1,921 points in 1,733 games from 1990 through 2017. Those 766 goals rank as the third-most in hockey, his 1,921 points are second to only Wayne Gretzky and his record 2,857, and only Mark Messier and Gordie Howe suited up for more NHL games than No. 68.

…But that wasn’t the end of Jagr’s hockey career.

That, in case you’re unaware, still hasn’t come.

In action for what is his staggering 33rd season of professional hockey as a player, the now 48-year-old Jagr got on the board Wednesday with an assist on a goal for Kladno.

And just to add another Only-Jaromir-Jagr wrinkle to this story, Kladno is Jagr’s hometown team and it’s owned by… Jaromir Jagr. (Oh, and in 2019, Jagr had a four-goal performance in a promotion head-to-head to help promote his club back to the top-tier Czech League after spending the previous five seasons in the Czech 2.)

Counting his totals between the NHL, KHL, and Czech Leagues, Jagr’s career line features a straight-up ridiculous 932 goals and 2,305 points in 2,101 games to go with 55 goals and 117 points in 154 international games.

To be honest, I’ll always feel robbed that we in Boston only got to experience Jagr for a single playoff run. It wasn’t the greatest run — Jagr tallied 10 assists and scored about a billion near-goals but zero actual goals during a 22-game playoff run for Boston — and it didn’t result in a Stanley Cup, but just seeing this legend work was a sight to behold. He was honestly out there, skating with a weighted vest after almost every playoff game at TD Garden. After the game!

There’s also a little Jagr-related fun fact about the B’s Game 7 comeback win over the Maple Leafs: He was actually supposed to be on the ice when the Bruins scored the overtime winner. But he had a skate malfunction and had to go down the tunnel for a quick repair, putting Tyler Seguin back out there with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron for the winner.

BOSTON, MA – MAY 1: Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Boston Bruins stands during a face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 1, 2013. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

What was interesting about the end of Jagr’s Boston run was that they seemed to think he was done. The playoff results certainly played a factor in that thinking, but it couldn’t have been more incorrect. Jagr, who actually wanted to come back to Boston for another run with the Bruins, landed with the Devils, and put up 24 goals and 67 points in 82 games in 2013-14. He’d add another 60-point season, this time in 2015-16 as a Panther, too, before his NHL career ended with the Flames.

But as we’ve all come to learn: Jagr is never done. Jagr is forever.

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Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.