Arizona Coyotes tough guy
John Scott is grabbing headlines due to the online campaign to get the pugilist into the All-Star Game, and he’s taken over the voting in such a way that another fan-favorite receiving a serious push is almost flying under the radar. Through two days of voting, 43-year-old Florida Panthers winger
Jaromir Jagr is currently sitting fourth in fan voting, and, as of Thursday morning, would be the captain for the Atlantic Division team at the All-Star Game. With eight goals and 18 points in 22 games, it’s not that Jagr isn’t worthy of appearing at the showcase, but rather that the 21-year veteran could probably use the break. Jagr even admitted as much Wednesday evening. “Fans, I appreciate your votes for All-Star Game, but 3-on-3 would kill me,”
Jagr said via his Twitter account. “And I don't want to die yet. Thank you for understanding. Too old.” But leave it to another star who kept producing well into his 40s to change Jagr’s mind.
First of all, if Jagr is still playing by 2026, we’d hope he’d be able skip the All-Star Game no matter who voted for him. That said, the exchange between two legendary players is great to see, but we can’t help but wonder if Selanne really did change Jagr’s mind. Jagr has done his time at the All-Star Game — he appeared in nine games from 1992 to 2004 — but that doesn’t mean fans wouldn’t love to see him give it one more go as part of the new format. Generally, the league makes sure each club has at least one representative at the game. Usually it’s not hard to choose that representative, either. Look at the team’s scoring leaders, pick the top player, and move on. Well, if the NHL went that route with the Panthers, it just so happens Jagr would still be, at the very least, asked if he wanted to participate. Of course, even if he wins, Jagr could recuse himself from the contest and he’s more than earned that right. If he were to do so, the Panthers have a number of players who could participate, such as
Jonathan Huberdeau and
Aaron Ekblad. Here’s hoping that should Jagr win the fan vote, he decides to lace up his skates for one more All-Star Game. Jagr has become almost universally loved throughout the league and it’d be a treat for fans in Nashville to see what could be the last all-star appearance by the surefire first-ballot Hall of Famer.