NHL Playoff 2022: Jaromír Jágr’s bizarre 40-year Stanley Cup final series ends

NHL Playoff 2022: Jaromír Jágr's bizarre 40-year Stanley Cup final series ends

Jaromir Jagr had a lengthy and illustrious NHL career, thus he must have had a plethora of colleagues over the years. What stands out is how successful several of Jagr’s teammates were.

There are no Jagr teammates on the Lightning or Avalanche, who will play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday.

In fact, from New York Islanders icon Bryan Trottier in 1980 to Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jon Merrill in 2021, one of Jagr’s teammates had appeared in every Stanley Cup Final. But, for the first time in 40 years, no player who has played with Jagr will suit up in the Stanley Cup Final.

Trottier ended up playing alongside Jagr with the Pittsburgh Penguins during the final three seasons of his Hall of Fame career. Jagr and Trottier ended up winning back-to-back Stanley Cups together in 1991 and 1992.

Jagr was originally the No. 5 pick in the 1990 NHL Draft by the Penguins. The former NHL winger won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player in 1999 while also winning the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s top goal scorer on five occasions. In 1,733 NHL games, Jagr recorded 766 goals and 1,155 assists while playing for the Penguins, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Devils, Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames.

At the end of the streak there is Merrill, who played with Jagr on the New Jersey Devils during the 2013-14 season.

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