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Jagr warns that we ‘might die just watching’ playoff hockey

Jun 16, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT

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Say what you want about Jaromir Jagr, but he’s loving being back in the Stanley Cup Final.

After last night’s 2-1 overtime win by the Bruins to even-up the series at a game apiece, Jagr talked about how close the game was and how thrilling the extra period turned out to be. Joe Haggerty of was there while he discussed the health hazards fans face in playoff OT.

“I bet it’s great and exciting for the fans who are watching hockey games,” Jagr said. “If you have a bad heart, you might not watch the game because you might get a heart attack. For young people, it’s pretty exciting to watch. Old people, don’t watch it! You might die just watching.”

So wait, what does an old guy like Jagr do when factoring in the game itself? He’s old according to how hockey lifespans go. That said, Jagr nearly sent many fans shuffling off this mortal coil after hitting a post in overtime last night.

  1. nhstateline - Jun 16, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    so he’s telling his core demographic not to watch because it’s too stressful ? Seriously, it’s impressive how Jags has become a folk hero to every 40-50 something around Boston who follows hockey in the three months he’s been here. Milan Lucic always seems to me to be the guy on the Bruins who understands how lucky he is to be doing what he’s doing for a living but, since he’s been here, Jagr is right up there with him.

    • nesuperfan - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      Geeze, it is totally tongue-in-cheek. He is kidding, and just marveling at the amazing hockey we have seen so far.

      • nhstateline - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:35 AM

        no kidding. so’s the first part of my reply. the rest of it is all in praise Mr. Jagr (and Milan Lucic) being grounded, having his head on straight and putting the work in to succeed playing against 25 year olds. He’s been great since he’s been here. As for Lucic, he’s probably the most personable guy on the Bruins that I’ve met and he gets that he’s fortunate to be playing a game for millions of dollars. Hard not to like someone with that attitude.

  2. canucks30 - Jun 16, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    The NHL needs more guys like Jagr

  3. 19to77 - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Best part about Jags is how blue-collar he is about the game – he seems more than any other player to get what it takes to stay in the game, the constant work ethic you need to stay NHL-calibre. His workouts are insane, but that’s what he has to do to keep playing. Guys get tired of it and lose their touch in their thirties and here he is at 41, still living and breathing hockey.

    Plus he has the best fanclub ever.

  4. drone501 - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    ive loved the guy since he was playing here as a rookie. actually im dying alive watching these playoffs.

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Jags is long overdue.

  6. blomfeld - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    “Old people, don’t watch it! … you might die just watching” …

    Very true no doubt. But also true is the fact that one risks becoming ‘metro-sexual’ from watching too many Canuckle games. Fortunately friends, I’ve thus far been able to evade this ‘disturbing’ phenomena. However I sadly know ‘many’ here in Vancouver who’ve not been so lucky. According to Bloomberg Business News, sales of men’s ‘sport’ brassieres have gone up 86% among male supporters of the Vancouver Canucks during the last reporting quarter … and that’s a shame 😦

  7. banger60 - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    I will send flowers.

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