Jagr was born in Czechoslovakia and skated at the early age of three. By the time he was fifteen, he was recognized as a super star. He was drafted into the NHL in 1990 and immediately came to the states to play with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Jagr's career spans decades and he holds numerous hockey records as well as many Penguin top honors. After eleven years with the Penguins, Jagr went on to play with many other professional hockey teams in the US as well as in Czechoslovakia. Jágr is also one of only 27 hockey players in the Triple Gold Club, individuals who have played for teams that have won the Stanley Cup, the Ice Hockey World Cup and the Olympic gold medal in Ice Hockey.
In 2016 Jagr was awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.