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Jagr Introduced as Rangers Captain
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New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that right wing Jaromir Jagr has been named the 24th Captain in team history and the first since Mark Messier held the position from 2000-2004.

"Jaromir Jagr has all of the qualities and characteristics that great leaders possess," Sather said. "His incomparable ability on the ice, incredible locker room presence and courage are the reasons he is so deserving of this honor."

Jagr, 34, is entering his 16th season in the NHL and third with the Rangers. He was originally selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins as their first round choice, fifth overall, in the 1990 NHL Entry draft. Jagr is a nine-time All-Star and three-time Lester B. Pearson Award winner (1999, 2000 and 2006).

In 2005-06, he registered 54 goals and 69 assists for 123 points, establishing new Ranger records for goals and points in a season. Jagr also moved past Jari Kurri last season and now ranks second all-time for career points scored by a European born player.

In 1995-96, he tallied 62 goals and 87 assists for a career best 149 points. A winner of two Stanley Cup championships with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and 1992, Jagr currently ranks 13th on the NHL’s all-time scoring list with 1,432 points and is second among active goal scoring leaders with 591.

Sather also announced that Brendan Shanahan and Martin Straka have been named Assistant Captains of the team.

Jaromir Jagr Oct 5, 2006-present
Mark Messier Jul. 13, 2000 Apr. 3, 2004
Brian Leetch Oct. 3, 1997 to July 12, 2000
Mark Messier Oct. 7, 1991 to May 25, 1997
Kelly Kisio Dec. 24, 1987 to May 30, 1991
Ron Greschner Oct. 9, 1986 to Dec. 3, 1987
Barry Beck Feb. 4, 1981 to May 9, 1986
Walt Tkaczuk Dec. 7, 1980 to Feb. 3, 1981
Dave Maloney Oct. 11, 1978 to Dec. 6, 1980
Phil Esposito Nov. 12, 1975 to Oct. 10, 1978
Brad Park 1974-75 to Nov. 7, 1975
Vic Hadfield 1971-72 thru 1973-74
Bob Nevin Feb. 5, 1965 thru 1970-71
Camille Henry Feb. 23, 1964 to Feb. 4, 1965
Andy Bathgate 1961-62 to Feb. 22, 1964
George Sullivan 1957-58 thru 1960-61
Harry Howell 1955-56 thru 1956-57
Don Raleigh Nov. 4, 1953 thru 1954-55
Allan Stanley Dec. 20, 1951 to Nov. 3, 1953
Frank Eddolls 1950-51 to Dec. 6, 1951
Buddy O'Connor 1949-50
Neil Colville 1945-46 thru Dec. 21, 1948
Ott Heller 1942-43 thru 1944-45
Art Coulter 1937-38 thru 1941-42
Bill Cook 1926-27 thru 1936-37

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