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Rangers organization honors Jagr's stellar season

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Prior to the team's April 11 game vs. the Islander at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers organization honored Jaromir Jagr for breaking the team's single-season goals and points record.

Through his first 79 games, Jagr has 53 goals and 121 points. He had two assists in the 3-2 loss to the Isles, as he continues to add to his records with each point.

To open the ceremony, Rangers legends Vic Hadfield, Adam Graves and Jean Ratelle were announced to the fans as they came out to a carpeted area of the ice. Jagr was then announced to the fans, and he skated over to join the group.

Hadfield and Graves, the other members of the Rangers' 50-goal club, presented Jagr with a framed copy of the scoresheet from the April 8 game in Boston when he scored his 53rd goal. The framed wall-hanging also contained photos of Jagr's record-breaking goal and the puck that went past Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas for the record.

Ratelle paid tribute to Jagr by presenting a similar plaque that included the scoresheet, photos and puck from the March 29 game in which Jagr passed Ratelle's 34-year-old team record with his 110th point of the season.

Finally, all three men gave Jagr a full-size silver stick with Jagr's name and the Rangers shield engraved on it. The gift was an exact replica of one of Jagr's own sticks.

Jagr has broken seven single-season records in 2005-06 so far. These include:
  • Most points in one season (passing Ratelle)
  • Most goals in one season (passing Graves)
  • Most power-play goals in one season (passing Hadfield)
  • Most points in one season by a right wing (passing Rod Gilbert)
  • Most goals in one season by a right wing (passing Mike Gartner)
  • Most assists in one season by a right wing (passing Gilbert)
Tuesday's game also featured a reunion of the Rangers' famous GAG (Goal-A-Game) Line of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Rod Gilbert, the right wing on the line, center Ratelle and left wing Hadfield drew cheers from the Garden crowd when they were announced during a first-period stoppage of play.
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