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06-27-2012, 02:19 PM
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More than that, though, his leadership has helped a Flyers team that has seen seven rookies become major contributors grow into a squad that has spent all season fighting for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

"You really wouldn't know (he's 40) the way he trains and practices," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. "His attitude … I think sometimes age is what you make it to be. He doesn't lean on that he's approaching 40. He doesn't come to practice like that. He doesn't look for days off. He doesn't use that. Actually, it's the exact opposite. He's been a terrific influence on our younger players … having them after practice or getting them extra work or coming back to the rink for some extra work. Just having his experience in the locker room, you wouldn't know that he's closing in on that number, and he doesn't play that card. He's been great."

The mentor role is one Jagr easily has adapted to.

"He's really different than I thought he'd be," teammate Jody Shelley told Yahoo! Sports earlier this season. "Just a great guy to be around for every single one of us."

He is basically acting as a player/coach by spending extra time with the youngsters/rookies. Think about that. Think about having Gretzky at age 40 but gretzky being super hands on and wanting to help the other players on and off the ice with hockey training. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it's even better than having him as a coach because you can learn by example.

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