Jaromir Jagr made his return to Philadelphia on Thursday night as a member of the Boston Bruins. He spent most of the season with the Dallas Stars, having chased the money there following his 2011-12 season with the Philadelphia Flyers.
In the house for his return to Philly: The Traveling Jagrs, who are eight fans that wear different Jagr jerseys and surrender that identities in the name of No. 68. (There is no Tyler, only Ranger Jags.) NHL.com was honored with the chance to see what a Traveling Jagr indoctrination ceremony looked like, as Boston Jags joined the cult:
What, no Kladno Jagr?
That was quite a ceremony. Like, Temple of Doom intense. “You don’t cheer for Boston, nor do you cheer for Philadelphia. You cheer for Jagr. We cheer for Jagr. In Jagr we trust.” Words to live by …
Jagr noticed the group in warmups, but Tyler said they've never met him.
"We haven't had a chance to meet him, but we will," Tyler said. "We don't want to bug him; he's a Hall of Famer. But he'll talk to us soon. We need him to score a goal for us today."
We eagerly await the day when the Traveling Jagrs meet their hockey god and engage in a ritualistic group salute. And then, of course, for Jagr to ask for some type of licensing fee for use of his name and mullet. In Jagr we trust ... all others pay cash.