Star turn behind him, Jagr happy to be one of the boys

Bruins forward Jaromir Jagr laughs during practice in Pittsburgh June 2, 2013. (BRIAN...

Bruins forward Jaromir Jagr laughs during practice in Pittsburgh June 2, 2013. (BRIAN SNYDER/Reuters)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:00 PM ET

BOSTON - He has been the Man.

Now Jaromir Jagr is happy to just be one of the boys.

It's been 21 years between trips to the Stanley Cup final for the 41-year-old future Hall of Famer. After the Boston Bruins clinched their spot in the final Friday night with their stunning sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Jagr stood in front of his stall, a black and gold Bruins toque pulled down over his wet hair, and answered about a half-dozen versions of the same question: "How does it feel to be going back to the final?"

"When you're younger you know you are going to play a long time, so I appreciate every game you can play," he said. "The more important the game it is, the better for me. The way I explain it, I feel like a 70-year-old guy, you know, trying to be alive and be thankful for every day he can live on this Earth.

"That's me and hockey. I appreciate every day I can play. That's the way it is."


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