Jaromir Jagr and Jonathan Huberdeau. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)
Thursday night, before the start of Florida’s game against Carolina, the Panthers will be searching for the newest member of the Travelling Jagrs. The mulleted winner of the competition will become the latest addition to the roaming troupe that pays homage to the Czech legend.
When Jaromir Jagr was traded from the New Jersey Devils to the Florida Panthers, the biggest question wasn’t who he would line up alongside or if he had any intention of re-signing in Florida. Rather, people wondered how long it would take for a new Travelling Jagr to pop up.
For those unfamiliar with the Travelling Jagrs, they’re a group of huge Jagr fans that have shown up on a number of occasions dressed as their hero through the years. From a mulleted version of youthful Jagr as a member of the Penguins to a lookalike of Jagr during his short stint in Dallas, there’s a Travelling Jagr for each of his stops. There isn’t, however, one for Florida – at least not yet.
Florida announced Tuesday that before their Thursday night home game against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Travelling Jagrs will be holding a tryout for their newest member. The new Jagr, a ‘Non-Travelling Jagr’ according to the Panthers, will take up residence at the BB&T Center for Florida's home games. The evening will also be dubbed “Mullet Night in Sunrise.”
The release from the team, which looks more like a job posting than a promotion, says the new Non-Travelling Jagr must have expert knowledge of the Czech legend, be willing to take pictures with fans and, most importantly, lack knowledge of what is a “socially acceptable hairstyle.”
Whoever is crowned as the newest member of the Travelling Jagrs will receive a free Jagr Florida Panthers jersey and a ticket to sit alongside the full cast of Jagr lookalikes for the April 4 game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Panthers won’t be the only team hosting a special night on April 4, however. The Arizona Coyotes will also get in the mix, becoming the first team in professional sports history to hold a Snapchat Night.
To help promote the Coyotes use of the social media platform, fans will be asked to turn their phones onto a special filter that will allow phones within the Gila River Arena to send photos to one another. Fans that send a picture of their seat location will be eligible to win prizes, with a special Snapchat Scavenger Hunt being held during both intermissions.
And if a bit of Snapchat fame is what fans are after, those who participate will be allowed on the ice following the game to take a selfie with Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson.