Penguins great Jaromir Jagr made a fan in Penguins development camp attendee Jack DeBoer
None of the 38 players on the Penguins’ development camp roster were born yet when the NHL’s current active points leader made his NHL debut for the franchise. In fact, only one of the players at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex this week was even alive when Jaromir Jagr was winning his first scoring title in his fifth season (1994-95).
Jagr, though, did make a personal impression on at least one of the prospects at the Penguins’ camp.
Jagr was 41-43 years old during his tenure with New Jersey from 2013-15. The Devils’ coach for most of that time was Peter DeBoer. DeBeor’s son, Jack, had just entered his teenage years then.
This week, Jack is with the Penguins on a tryout at their camp. And while the Penguins have been blessed enough that Jagr is arguably only the franchise’s third- or fourth-greatest all-time player, Jagr is second in career points in NHL history. And Jagr made quite the impression on Jack DeBoer, who’s 28 years his junior.
Jaromir Jagr keeps making history.With an assist tonight he passes Mark Messier for 2nd on the NHL’s all-time points list (1,888). pic.twitter.com/UMGQn5ZFqS
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 23, 2016
“We bounced around a lot,” DeBoer said of the life of a coach’s won, “but a really cool guy I met was Jagr. (DeBoer’s father) had him in New Jersey and he had an amazing the work ethic that he brought everyday at the rink and in the weight room. It was really cool to watch, and he’s a real good guy. So he was definitely was one of the coolest (NHL player) guys I met at a young age.”
Jagr, who played 22 games at age 45 this past season for Calgary, has 1,921 NHL points. He ranks third behind Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby in points for the Penguins (1,079). Jagr had 35 goals and 61 assists in 139 games for the Devils.
Pete DeBoer’s son, Jack, played 2C for the USA U18s today.Committed to Boston U. (John Hynes alma mater). Draft eligible in June. https://t.co/0iSDoIZgZN
— Devils Insiders (@DevilsInsiders) September 30, 2017
Jack DeBoer, who turns 18 in August, spent this past season playing for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program team. The 6-3, 187-pound center went undrafted and is committed to play at Boston University.
Peter DeBeor is entering his fourth season as coach of the San Jose Sharks and 11th consecutive season as a head coach in the NHL. He coached against the Penguins in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.
Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.