Jaromir Jagr made his first unofficial official appearance as a Flyer today at the Virtua Skate Zone in Vorhees, NJ at approximately 11 a.m.- one hour after fans were told he would be taking part in skate testing and a day before media was told he would be riding into Flyers’ practice. Upon stepping on the ice, he was all smiles making his presence known.
Unlike his teammates and unafraid of flying pucks, Jagr choose to skate sans helmet from the time he hopped on the ice until he stepped into the locker room. While warming up on the Phantoms’ ice rink, Jagr slapped the puck around with a half dozen teammates including Max Talbot, Jakub Voracek, Braydon Coburn, and Jody Shelley.
Jagr also chatted with newly appointed captain, Chris Pronger.
Rookies snuck out of fitness testing to witness Jags in person. After shooting the puck for a few minutes, Jagr trekked over to the Flyers rink to take part in the on-ice portion of testing. Jagr was handed his helmet, which he put on for a few seconds before handing it off, clearly showing his preference of letting his locks flow free.
Jagr skated alongside Scott Hartnell and looked strong as they were subjected to three continuous minutes of skating from goal-line to goal-line at full speed in full gear with sticks in hand.
Before leaving the ice, he retrieved his helmet, though it seems it will spend a lot of time this season traveling with the Czech legend rather than on his head.