All Jaromir Jagr wants for Christmas is his two front teeth, plus two others. The future Hall of Famer lost four chicklets when Ottawa Senators forward Alex Chiasson's stick came up and whacked him in the mouth. Now Jagr looks like a vampire, but he's totally owning it.
The 43-year-old Florida Panthers forward has approached his new look with good humor, which I suppose is all he can do at this point. He was also quick to forgive Chiasson in a touching show of sportsmanship in the immediate aftermath of the injury. Jagr did eventually return to the game, too.
And Jagr's right. This is definitely going to help cut down on the cookie consumption over the break unless they're particularly soft.
Playing hockey as long as Jagr has, it's a minor miracle that he hadn't lost the teeth before. But if you hang around long enough, the dentist is eventually going to get you in his chair. It was a good run for The Legend's pearly whites.
By the way, Jagr picked up an assist Tuesday night to move another step closer to Gordie Howe for third all-time in NHL scoring. The Panthers forward is now just 23 points away from tying Mr. Hockey's 1,850 career points.