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Jagr joins exclusive '40/40' club

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

This season has been full of milestones for Jaromir Jagr as he climbs the NHL's all-time leaderboard in goals and points.

He added another slightly more obscure one Tuesday when his goal for the New Jersey Devils in a 7-1 rout of the St. Louis Blues gave him 40 points this season. Jagr became the 15th member of the NHL's "40/40 club," reaching 40 points in his age-40 season or later.

It is a feat that has happened 26 times in League history. Gordie Howe did it four times, while Igor Larionov, Mark Messier and Mark Recchi reached 40 after 40 three times each. The 41-year-old Jagr was close last season with 35 points in 45 games. His birthday is Feb. 15, so he missed the Feb. 1 cutoff for this exercise two seasons ago when he had 54 points.

Ten players have joined the club since 2000-01, while no one gained entry for two decades prior to that. Jagr is not alone among 40-somethings producing in the NHL this season, as the Detroit Red Wings' Daniel Alfredsson, the Dallas Stars' Ray Whitney and the Anaheim Ducks' Teemu Selanne all are regulars for their teams.


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