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Traveling Jagrs ready to watch their hero play

Tuesday, 04.23.2013 / 5:53 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Traveling Jagrs ready to watch their hero play

PHILADELPHIA -- Hockey fans all over the Philadelphia region were looking forward to seeing Jaromir Jagr back in town when the Boston Bruins faced the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday (7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN).

However, Jagr's first game back in Philadelphia, the team he played with last season, also drew eight fans from western Canada. The Traveling Jagrs, a group of eight fans dressed like Jagr, flew from Calgary to Philadelphia on Tuesday to get to Wells Fargo Center in time for the game.

The "Traveling Jagrs" in Philadelphia.

The "Traveling Jagrs" in Philadelphia. (Click to enlarge)

Each fan wore a classic Jagr mullet and a personalized Jagr jersey from over the years -- from a Czech Republic national team sweater, through his NHL stops with the Penguins, Capitals, Rangers, Flyers, Stars and Bruins. An eighth Jagr, wearing a Wales Conference all-star jersey, was a late arrival after getting stuck at the airport in Chicago.

Tyler, also known as Ranger Jag, originated the Jagr look a few years ago in Las Vegas.

"We were looking for a group costume and a couple of us had Jagr jerseys," he told "We're all Jagr fans and said, 'let's go dressed as Jagr.' That was our thought process."

The group was ecstatic when Jagr signed with the Dallas Stars this season, the first time Jagr would be playing in the Western Conference, and the group was out in force when Jagr played in Calgary on Feb. 13.

Jagr noticed the group in warmups, but Tyler said they've never met him.

"We haven't had a chance to meet him, but we will," Tyler said. "We don't want to bug him; he's a Hall of Famer. But he'll talk to us soon. We need him to score a goal for us today."

The latest addition to the group was Shane, also known as Boston Jags. He was presented with his mullet in a "formal" ceremony in the concourse of Wells Fargo Center before the game.

"There are a couple rules in place with this mullet," Tyler said during the ceremony. "We don't cheer for Boston, nor do we cheer for Philadelphia. We cheer for Jagr. In Jagr we trust. I'd like to present you with this mullet on behalf of the Jags."

"It was a long process," Shane told "All kind of interviews, had to do a shootout at one point. It's the proudest moment of my life."


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