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Jagr’s late-night workouts becoming the stuff of legend

Jun 6, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT

Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Boston Bruins stands during a face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 1, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Ever wonder how Jaromir Jagr plays at such a high level, despite the fact he turned 41 in February?

If yes, read this excellent piece from the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman.

In it, Friedman sheds light on the late-night workouts Jagr has been conducting throughout his professional hockey career.

Regardless of the city and rink situation, the story is almost always the same: No. 68 demands after-hours access to the facilities, routinely hits the ice as late as 11 p.m, and puts himself through the paces.

Here’s more, from CBC:

“The first time I found out (about the late-night routine), I arrived at the rink first thing in the morning…and saw this huge mess of Jagr’s gear soaking wet on the ground. He’s, uh, kind of a messy guy,” [Flyers head equipment manager Derek] Settlemyre said, and you can tell he’s smiling at the memory.

“It wouldn’t be like our guys to leave that. So I asked him if he forgot to get his stuff washed. He said, ‘Oh no buddy, that was last night. I came in around 11.’

“We had a key made for him. He would do double workouts, even after games.”

Here’s another anecdote, from Dallas Magazine:

A few days before the first game, he landed in Dallas and shirked the team’s offers to find him an upscale apartment near downtown Dallas.

Instead, Jagr rented a room at an extended-stay hotel for $169-a-night. He asked management for a key to the rink, and on the team’s nights off, sometimes well after 10 pm, Jagr would go by himself to the ice to skate.

In Dallas, team officials latched onto the Jagr-as-mentor storyline. He runs drills after games and the young guys join in, hopping from leg to leg outside the locker room, skating extra reps of sprints in between the blue and red lines, or swinging around a small circle weight on the end of their hockey sticks.

This postseason, pics of Jagr going for a late night skate have popped up (see here), as have those depicting him wearing a weighted vest (see here) a 30-pound flak jacket he wears for strength and conditioning.

Not bad from the NHL’s second-oldest active player this season, huh?


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  1. dudermcrbohan - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:25 PM


    • chicagobtech - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      Jagr has been hanging around stereotypical Italian “family guys”, learning how they carry themselves.

    • Mike Halford - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      it’s a word. look it up.

      /not a word

  2. betrayedbylife - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    according to some of the neanderthals who comment here, they should make sure surveillance cameras are in proper working order so that greedy slimebag jagr doesn’t make off with a goal post or an arena seat as he would probably sign them and sell them for gambling money

    • beantownfanatic2012 - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      Your obviously a Penguins fan huh?? Can’t appreciate a legend still giving all he has to win a cup! I’d be mad too if the best offensive team in the NHL has been held to 2 goals through 3 games. YOU MAD BRO??? Hahaha what a bunch of chumps the Pens are, I hope Boston sweeps them right out the door and makes a statement!

      • mrpinkca - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:11 PM

        Pretty sure his comment indicates he is a fan of Jagr…

      • betrayedbylife - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:17 PM

        before you smash the keyboard with your drunk sausage fingers you should carefully read what you are responding to so as to avoid looking like a moron. either that or you are doing a great job as some sort of hybrid troll who pretends to love a team while significantly undermining them by typing such garbage.

      • stakex - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:18 PM

        Yeah dude, read the first part of that….

        “according to some of the neanderthals who comment here”

        … pretty sure its a dig at the anti-Jagr comments.

      • hockey412 - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        I’m also pretty sure most Pens fans and definitely the entire Pens organization have nothing but respect for Jagr, but thanks for inviting us into your anger issues. Seek help, my friend.

    • laxman1944 - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      I can’t believe I’m replying…………..

    • gatordan52 - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:40 AM

      you are betrayedbylife, clueless with no sense whatsoever about the game of hockey you friggin moron!

    • supercoop8 - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      Two things I know: Sarcasm doesn’t work on this board sometimes and the garden has a ton of copper wiring.

  3. jhuck92 - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Wearing a weighted vest during training, huh? Sounds like Goku. I bet he doesn’t take it off while playing the Penguins.

  4. madtolive5 - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    probably can’t talk about the after workout…”workout” on a family site like this

  5. 8man - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    It would seem to me that Jagr understands he can’t play forever and knows how precious a chance to raise that Stanley Cup is. I don’t think he’ll let it slip through his fingers without giving everything his body and soul have to offer.

    When it is all said and done, whatever is the Bruins end up doing this year, Jagr may have been the last and highly critical piece to it.

    Go Bs!

    • laxman1944 - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      Enjoy……..yes he is the missing piece……….

      Just watch him play, so big and strong and downright a nightmare on the offensive boards.

      The “Haters”= Jealous /”Wish he was in Pitt.”

  6. roylp - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Well he could have a 100 pound vest on during the game and still have no problem with the Pens. Lol what a bunch of bums.

  7. alicesrightfootesq - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    3rd greatest player of all-time.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      Absolutely, right there in third after Orr, Gretzky, Lemieux, Howe, Messier, Hull, Bourque, M.Richard, Beliveau, Esposito. Dionne and Robitaille. And I left out the goalies.

      • kaptaanamerica - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:52 AM

        you are missing about a dozen more montreal canadiens like doug harvey, cournyer,morenz… (not dryden or gainey)

  8. neelybourque778 - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    There’s nothing negative to say about this story. But people will find a way.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      Seriously. Guy turns down luxury apartment to be closer to rink. Works harder than a plowhorse and runs drills for younger teammates. I mean, what more could they want?

      All of this and the guy can work someone off the puck in double overtime to set up the game winning goal.

      • amityvillefun - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:49 AM

        Jagr > Iginla

        But hey, the Pens looked good on paper, right Iggy?

      • hockey412 - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        Amityville – after listening to fans like you over the past week or so, how can you be sure that Iggy wouldn’t rather lose with Pittsburgh than win with Boston. If you could POSSIBLY comprehend how your comments do nothing but paint a horrible picture of Boston and it’s residents, you’d understand that it’s quite possible that was his mindset.

  9. stakex - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    The guy is a machine. If more players were like him, the NHL would be better for it. I hope Boston wins the Cup if for no other reason then Jagr deserves to go out on top.

  10. ronthecubsfan - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    You wonder how a 41-year old guy can keep up with the kids – its by working harder than everyone else. Not everyone has the discipline to do it. Good on ya, Jaromir.

  11. amityvillefun - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    It’s said that he seems very happy as a Bruin. We’re lucky to have him here in Boston. I hope they sign him another year, with a work ethic like that, who can question his drive and determination? Still trying to improve like that when he’s already a legend.

    If he helps the Bruins lift the cup this year, he is going to make Chiarelli look like a genius, and Iginla look like a fool.

    • atteckus - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      Jagr LOVES his teammates here. He reportedly likes CJ very much. I don’t know how crazy he is about being on the 3rd line. Jags was holding onto the puck too long, trying to do too much on his own. Since the Rangers series, he’s been dishing the puck sooner, and he has become an absolute force to be reckoned with as a result. 1 on 1 or even 2 on 1, no one protects the puck better and gives his teammates more time to come on in support. He’s a huge value for the puck possession alone.

    • hockey412 - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      I asked this above – but I doubt you’d see it. Based on your comments and a lot of others from Bruins fans (not ALL of them) that have been posted here over the past week or so, do you really think Iggy wouldn’t rather lose with Pittbsurgh than win with Boston?

      Have you read your own statements to see how arrogant, and angry, and just flat foolish and jealous you make your city sound? If I was him I’d be happy with my choice, cup or no cup. It’s only after you make a decision that people show their true faces…and yours is extremely ugly, my friend. Very, very ugly.

      • dudermcrbohan - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        ^^ Bitter til the very end

  12. papajack1259 - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:35 AM

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Mr Ingla….say hi to Cindy…….Jagar can get you a ticket to game one…balcony

    • hockey412 - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      Can’t imagine why Iggy wouldn’t want to go to Boston………..I’m sure fan base wasn’t considered at all….the climate and nature of the residents of the town…..

  13. kaptaanamerica - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Iggie already looks like a fool for choosing pittsburgh. He screwed over Calgary cuz Pittsburgh ended up giving them peanuts, whereas boston was giving them something of value. iggie screwed himself over and the flames. great work. a two’fer.

  14. hockeydon10 - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Seems like a common story about guys still playing as “old” players. A couple years ago there were stories about Chelios riding a bike in the sauna for 45 minutes to keep in shape. Not to mention his insane summer workouts.

    It was the same thing near the end of Gary Roberts’ career. What mortals might consider insane workouts are what keep these guys playing at such a high level.

  15. papajack1259 - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Someone is a wee bit sensitive As a sport fan regardless of city we all want to win and tease…some just like teasing and can not take what we all dish out….

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