Jagr’s goal is to surpass Howe, Gretzky

Florida Panthers veteran forward Jaromir Jagr, left, has his eyes set on surpassing the goal totals of Gordie Howe (801) and Wayne Gretzky (894).
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Jaromir Jagr isn’t interested in just outracing Father Time. The future Hall of Famer wants to chase down Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky to boot.

After scoring twice in the Florida Panthers’ 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, Jagr told reporters that he wasn’t content in just passing Brett Hull for third place on the NHL’s all-time goals list (742). 

Via FloridaPanthers.com:

“When I got the birthday cake for (my) 44th birthday (on Feb. 15), you know you get a wish. I said, 'I wish I was going to be a goal scorer.' So far, it worked. So maybe I'm going to catch Gordie and maybe Wayne Gretzky, too.”

Jagr still has a ways to catch those two, as Gretzky (894 goals) is the all-time leader while Howe (801) is a distant second.

If Jagr – who broke into the league in 1990 – wishes to take down the heavyweights, he’ll likely need to keep playing well past his 50th birthday.

Jagr has a team-leading 20 goals this season and is on pace for his highest tally since he lit up Broadway for 30 in the 2006-07 season.