Jaromir Jagr Doesn’t Mind The Boos

24 Dec

NEW YORK — Jaromir Jagr hears the boos. He just doesn’t pay them any attention. At 39-years-old, he’s got more important things to be worried about. Friday night in New York marked the second time this season visiting a team that he had played for before and the fan base subsequently welcomed him with boos.

Every time he touched the puck at Madison Square Garden, they poured it on. But why? When Jagr was a Ranger he pulled the team from mediocrity and brought them to the playoffs after seven years of early tee times.

“I didn’t hear much,” said Jagr. “When I’m in the game, I don’t hear it. It wasn’t that bad.”

He was booed in Washington earlier in December, and he said that didn’t bother him either.

“I’m not 22 anymore,” he said.

New York was no different, but at the same time, he knows it will get worse. His season, especially with how productive it’s been, has been building up to a boiling point.

“It’s gonna be a lot worse in Pittsburgh, no question about it,” he said. “If you want to hear boos, go to Pittsburgh.”

On Dec. 29 he will return to Pittsburgh, the team that made him famous and the team that feels slighted because he signed with the hated Flyers instead of the team he began his career with. The expectation in Western Pennsylvania was that No. 68 would hang in the rafters someday, but that doesn’t seem likely now.

What does seem likely, is that the worst from the fans is yet to come. Good thing for Jagr, it doesn’t seem to bother him. He’s prepared.

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