Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe finally have some company in the 750-goal club.
Not since Gretzky notched his 750th goal during the 1992-93 campaign has there been another player to reach the milestone, but ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr finally reached the mark with a power play goal Friday night against the Washington Capitals.
With the Florida Panthers on the power play, Jagr worked the puck back along the boards to Jonathan Marchessault, who then put the puck down below the goal line to Aleksander Barkov. While the pass was being made to Barkov, though, Jagr had cut back into the center of the ice and was charging hard towards the net, where Barkov spotted him for a perfect one-timer that Jagr blasted past Capitals netminder Braden Holtby:
With the marker, Jagr becomes the oldest player to reach the milestone, as Gretzky and Howe had reached the 750-goal plateau at age 31 and 41, respectively. But there are two interesting — and incredibly coincidental — facts about Jagr’s milestone which go beyond him simply being the oldest to reach the mark.
When Gretzky reached the milestone, he did so two games into his 1992-93 season, and, like Jagr, Gretzky’s 750th goal was his first of the season. That two of the greatest players of all-time both ended one campaign at 749 goals only to register their 750th on their first tally of the subsequent year is a nice bit of trivia, but the timing between all three 750-goal players reaching the mark is even more interesting.
Howe became the first player to reach the milestone when he netted his 750th goal 1970 and, as mentioned, Gretzky followed suit by scoring his 750th in 1993. The 23-year gap between Gretzky and Howe wasn’t of much interest at the time, but with Jagr scoring his 750th in 2016, 23 years after Gretzky hit the mark, it’s a remarkable coincidence.
Of course, the 23-year trend goes out the window when Alex Ovechkin inevitably reaches the 750-goal plateau by, say, the 2022-23 campaign.
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