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Devils' Jagr becomes 15th NHL player to play 1,500 NHL games

Jayne-Kamin Oncea / USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr has played a lot of hockey, and he's played it well.

The ageless power forward appeared in his 1,500th NHL game Monday, suiting up for the Devils against the Carolina Hurricanes.

"That's a lot of games," Jagr deadpanned when asked about the milestone before Monday's game.

"I don’t know. It’s tough to say. I’m not going to give up. That’s not my style. I’m going to fight it," Jagr continued. "It’s getting better and better day by day. My body is not completely healthy, but that’s fine by me. You have to find a way to produce no matter what.

"The game is not about speed or skill all the time. You have to outsmart guys. Sometimes less means more. I think if you’re not 100 percent you can still produce if you’re smart enough."

In a nice bit of symmetry, Jagr became the 15th player in NHL history to appear in 1,500 NHL games. The 42-year-old forward - who has won an Olympic gold medal and multiple Stanley Cup championships - has amassed 1,770 career points in his NHL career.

- with h/t to Pro Hockey Talk

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