After years as one of the most-discussed issues — off the ice, anyway — for the Pittsburgh Penguins’ fan base, it’s finally going to happen.
Jaromir Jagr’s No. 68 is going to be retired.
It will join the numbers of Michel Briere (No. 21) and Mario Lemieux (No. 66) in the rafters at PPG Paints Arena during a pre-game ceremony Feb. 18, when the Penguins will face Los Angeles.
Jagr. a member of the Penguins’ Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1991 and 1992, is one of the most accomplished players in NHL history.
He had 766 goals and 1,155 assists in 1,733 regular season games. He places first in game-winning goals (135) on the NHL’s all-time list, second in points (1,921), fourth in goals and games played and fifth in assists.
Jagr was the Penguins’ first-round draft choice in 1990, the fifth overall choice.
He spent the first 11 seasons of his 24-year NHL career with them, winning five NHL scoring titles.
Jagr is a native of Kladno, Czechia and has been the majority owner of Rytiri Kladno of the Czech Extraliga since 2011-12.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have tied two promotions to the Jagr event: Fans attending the Kings game will receive a replica No. 68 banner, and those attending a game against San Jose March 14 will receive a Jagr bobblehead.