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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.

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.