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Thursday, October 5, 2006
Jagr replaces departed Messier as Rangers captain


NEW YORK -- Jaromir Jagr claimed the New York Rangers' franchise single-season record for goals and points in 2005-06. Now he has claimed the team captaincy.

Jaromir Jagr

The Rangers on Thursday filled the vacancy created by the retirement of Mark Messier, naming Jagr the 24th captain in team history.

Drafted fifth overall by Pittsburgh in 1990, Jagr recorded 54 goals and 123 points last season, finishing two points shy of capturing his sixth Art Ross Trophy. The 34-year-old Czech is a nine-time All-Star who won the Hart Trophy as the league MVP in 1999.

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

Ranked 13th on the all-time points list with 1,432, Jagr helped the Penguins to the Stanley Cup championship in both 1991 and 1992.