MIAMI: Czech right winger Jaromir Jagr netted two goals on Sunday to become the third-highest scorer in National Hockey League history and spark the Florida Panthers over visiting Winnipeg 3-1.
Five days after his 44th birthday, Jagr improved to 742 career NHL goals, moving past Brett Hull for third place on the all-time list.
Canadian legend Wayne Gretzky owns the all-time NHL record with 894 goals, with Gordie Howe second on the list at 801.
Jagr tipped in a pass from defenseman Dimitri Kulikov for his 19th goal of the season just 4:53 into the second period and took a loose puck from in front of the net in the third period, then beat Jets goaltender Mike Hutchinson with 4:23 remaining to make NHL history.
Jagr is the NHL’s oldest active player and the oldest to ever score a hat trick. He helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 1991 and 1992, and sparked the Czech Republic to Winter Olympic gold in 1998 at Nagano in the first tournament to feature full teams of NHL talent.