This is not Jagr-face so much as the exact opposite.

This is not Jagr-face so much as the exact opposite.

Most athletes have a Try Face. Your Try Face is what naturally comes across your face when you’re at your most intense, your most concentrated, your most focused. We all have one. Michael Jordan was famous for rocking the tongue-out Try Face, for example.

Jaromir Jagr’s Try Face is not so cool.

I noticed this a little throughout the season when watching Jagr play,  but when sifting through some of my images it became more apparent and harder to ignore. He goes full Grumpy Cat when he’s trying hard.

Actually, maybe he goes more grumpy fish:

Grumpy fish

Tough call. I’ll let you decide.

Either way, here we go: introducing Jagr-face, which coincidentally, is the same one you make when you take a shot of jäger.

New Jersey Devils v Boston Bruins

Note the grumpy fish-esque heavy down-turn on the frown. This is the identifying trademark of true Jagr-face.

Dallas Stars v Los Angeles Kings St Louis Blues v Dallas Stars

Okay…granted, the next one isn’t necessarily an in-play Jagr face, but it might be the most meme-able. I just love it:

Dallas Stars v Columbus Blue Jackets

Jaromir Jagr is disgusted by you, and might possibly spit on you.

More Jagr-face:

Dallas Stars v Nashville PredatorsSan Jose Sharks v Dallas Stars

The trick is to really pour the frown on. Like, it sucks to have to try this hard but I’m a workhorse so I will.

Dallas Stars v Vancouver Canucks Chicago Blackhawks v Dallas Stars Chicago Blackhawks v Dallas Stars Phoenix Coyotes v Dallas StarsPhiladelphia Flyers v Pittsburgh Penguins

Don’t forget: we’ve broken down the wonderful Jaromir Jagr’s look before (an in-depth analysis of Jaromir Swagr), just not on the ice. He may be an international man of mystery, but there’s no doubt that the most annoying part of his day is when defenders have the audacity to try and stop him on the ice (did you notice that he has the puck in every picture?). Frown-worthy stuff, right there.

Oh, and I should note: this isn’t exactly a new thing.

jagr face

Comments (22)

  1. This is why I check Backhand Shelf everyday. Awesome, top notch stuff, guys! Classic…

  2. why is all his gear blacked out?

    • He uses Combat Sports (from Ottawa!!) which is not ok with the league. $$$$

      • Wait why does the league care if players rock Combat? I’ve heard a lot of great things abt Combat sticks.

        • equipment manufacturers have to pay a license fee to have their stuff used in the nhl, combat does, thus the black out.

        • League has a list of approved on-ice companies because manufacturers pay them boatloads. They have to pay for each type, which may explain why his stick logo is visible but gloves not.

          Much like when a goalie (Roy) got new pads (Koho) but had to have them made inside a Brian’s shell because Brian’s endorsed him at the time.

  3. He looks less like grumpy cat and more like he just got some really bad news. There’s a hint of disappointment and concern in there too.

  4. That’s amazing.

  5. Watch for his “I’m at the end of my shift” face

  6. This entry is an impressive bit of scholarship, Justin.

  7. Can’t help but notice all pics are from his return to the NHL. I wonder when he started doing the Jagr-face. Might be interesting to do an evolution of the Jagr-face.

  8. This is why you guys rule! Only Bourne ( and Pizzo ) come up with this level of nonsense!

  9. since you guys did jagrs try face, you guys HAVE to post other players try faces now… awesome stuff,,,

  10. you guys got it all wrong, it’s more like the famous Scarface. Must be why Jagr is so gangster…

  11. Jagr-face kind of looks like Toews-face to me… except that “not in play” one, which reminds me of Heatley for some reason. Now I want to compare other guys’ game-faces and see who makes the same.

  12. That first shot is starting to remind me of the Steiner Bros.

    Jagr NEEDS to grow that mullet back.

  13. It’s the Vernon Fiddler impersonating Kevin Bieksa’s angry face face that Jagr has going on.

  14. Combat was bought out by Bauer. Interesting to see that he’s still using their gear. Combat was a great story until they got into financial trouble and went Bankrupt.

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