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Jaromir Jagr shaped game, hair on way to 1,888 points

Second-leading scorer in NHL history has worn many uniforms, styles throughout career

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / NHL.com

There are endless ways to tell the story of Jaromir Jagr's long, storied career that has taken him to No. 2 on the NHL's all-time points list. None may be as vivid as a series of photos that follow the path of his many stops and hairdos. Sure, he's best known for the mullet he wore with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but Jagr's hair choices go beyond his most famous one. Here's a closer look at his looks through the years:

Video: Check out Jagr's Mullet Meter

 

Pittsburgh Penguins, 1990-2001

It was in Jagr's rookie season that the world first came to know his mullet. Like Jagr's NHL career, the mullet was in its infancy; it had good height, but the length would take some time to develop. By the mid-'90s, Jagr had grown a set of cascading curls that flowed out of the back of his helmet and created his classic look. Jagr won two Stanley Cup championships, the Art Ross Trophy three times, the Lester Pearson Award and the Hart Trophy before he, sadly, said goodbye to the mullet after the 1998-99 season to please his girlfriend at the time. His abilities weren't tied to his hair, though. With a much lighter lid for his final two seasons in Pittsburgh, he won the Art Ross Trophy two more times and the Pearson Award. In his Pittsburgh career, Jagr scored 1,079 points (439 goals, 640 assists).

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Washington Capitals, 2002-03

In two and a half seasons in Washington, Jagr had 201 points (83 goals, 118 assists). He sported a clean-cut, business-first look for his 190 games in a Capitals uniform.

 

New York Rangers, 2003-08

Jagr's hair remained short during his three and a half seasons with the Rangers, though this was the first time in his NHL career he'd worn any facial hair. He had various levels of beard lengths and at one point had a supersized soul patch on his chin. Perhaps there were some durability powers in that beard; Jagr didn't miss a game in three full seasons with the Rangers and had 123 points (54 goals, 69 assists) in 2005-06, the season he turned 34.

 

Philadelphia Flyers, 2011-12

Returning to the NHL after playing three seasons in Russia, Jagr got creative with his facial hair. In Philadelphia, Jagr kept his short hair, but wore a horseshoe mustache or only kept what was left after he shaved off the gray hairs because he didn't want to dye it. The look fit his role as the veteran leader of a young Flyers team. In 73 games with Philadelphia, he had 54 points (19 goals, 35 assists).

 

Dallas Stars, 2012-13

For his 34 games with Dallas, Jagr went clean all around. He had short hair and was facial hair-free, for the most part. He had 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) with the Stars.

 

Boston Bruins, 2012-13

After 11 regular-season games with the Bruins, Jagr sprouted what's known as a Hulihee beard, or mutton chops connected to the mustache, for a look that made him appear pretty close to actor Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Jagr, who scored nine points (two goals, seven assists), helped lead the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Final that season.

 

New Jersey Devils, 2013-15

Jagr was back to the clean-cut look in New Jersey, where he continued to impress into his 40s. In his full season with the Devils (2013-14), Jagr had the second-most points in NHL history by a player 41 years or older with 67 (24 goals, 43 assists), behind only Gordie Howe, who had 71 points (31 goals, 40 assists) in 1969-70, when he was 41.

 

 

Florida Panthers, 2015-present

After Jagr was traded to the Panthers, it wasn't long before his teammates convinced him to grow back his mullet. He was the legend on a team brimming with budding stars who idolized him (plus one high-level humorist in goalie Roberto Luongo), so it only made sense that this was the group that convinced him to go retro.

Tweet from @strombone1: I will make it my mission this year, work 24h around the clock 2 get Jags to bring this puppy back! It's gonna happen pic.twitter.com/NcAiEzmtmU

That's not the only way his appearance has changed, though. In an effort to extend his career even more, Jagr dropped 15-20 pounds in the offseason to increase his speed. The modern-day mullet is a little thinner and grayer than its predecessor, and that's OK, because as Jagr claims his spot as the second-highest scorer in NHL history, it almost wouldn't feel complete if he weren't doing it with his famous flowing locks. Jagr has 104 points (39 goals, 65 assists) with the Panthers. 

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