What is Jaromir Jagr Net Worth ?
Jaromír Jágr is a Czech professional ice hockey player who has a net worth of $50 million. For many years, Jaromir Jagr was the highest-paid NHL player of all time in terms of career earnings. Jagr’s $127 million career earnings total was topped by Sidney Crosby in June 2021 when Crosby’s earnings hit $129 million.
He established a stellar reputation for himself in the NHL, playing for teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Washington Capitals, the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Dallas Stars, the Boston Bruins, and the New Jersey Devils, the Florida Panthers, and the Calgary Flames. He became integral to both the Penguins and the Rangers, captaining both teams.
Jaromír Jágr was born on February 15th of 1972 in Kladno, Czechoslovakia. He began skating at the age of three and quickly exhibited a natural talent for hockey. By the age of 15, he was playing at the very highest level in Czechoslovakia for his hometown club, HC Kladno.
His father previously served as the president of the team before his passing. By the age of 17, he had earned a place on Czechoslovakia’s national team. During these early years, Jaromír came to detest the communist rule of the Soviet Union.
He reportedly kept a picture of Ronald Reagan in his notebook, and he never forgot the day that his grandfather was imprisoned by the communist government. His grandfather had fought back against efforts to “redistribute” his farm.
By the 1994-1995 season, Jágr had won his first Art Ross Trophy with 70 points. The next season, he scored 149 points, which was a new record for a European player. By the 1997-1998 season, Jágr had become the new captain for the Penguins.
He went on to win four consecutive NHL scoring titles, and during this period he also won the Hart Memorial Trophy. In 1998, he also led the Czech Republic to a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.
By the age of 18, Jaromír was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 1990 NHL Draft. He was the first Czechoslovak player to join the NHL without first having to “defect,” as the Iron Curtain was already falling by this point.
He immediately relocated to North America following the draft and became an integral part of his new team. Almost right away, the Penguins won two Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992, and Jágr became one of the youngest players to score a goal in the finals.
For many years, Jaromír Jágr was the highest-paid NHL player of all time in terms of career earnings. Jágr’s $127 million in career earnings was eventually topped by Sidney Crosby in June 2021 when Crosby’s earnings hit a total of $129 million.
In 2001, the Capitals signed him to a seven-year, $77-million contract. This was the largest contract the NHL had ever seen.
Jágr has struggled with notable financial issues over the course of his career. In 2003, a story broke that suggested Jaromír owed $950,000 in gambling debts. The story was leaked by the owner of a gambling website in Belize, to whom Jágr owed $500,000.
The report stated that Jaromír stopped paying his monthly payments on the debt, causing the owner of the website to go public and leak Jágr’s gambling problems to the press.
Also in 2003, the IRS filed a $3.27-million lien against Jágr for unpaid taxes during 2001. That same year, he settled a $350,000 claim for unpaid taxes 1999.
In 2006, Jaromír sued his former accountant for not filing a tax form in 2003, claiming that it would have prevented these issues, saving him as much as $6 million if it had been filed on time.