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Jagr Says Acupuncture Helped Him

December 16, 1997

CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) _ A little jab cured Pittsburgh Penguins star Jaromir Jagr of a groin injury that has bothered him since last season.

Acupuncture treatment has left Jagr pain-free, and he said his only regret is that he didn’t seek the treatment earlier.

``It’s too bad I didn’t do it last season or earlier this season,″ Jagr said. ``I just took it once, and it helped me. I’ve got no problem. No pain. And at least I know that if I have the problem again, I have a cure.″

Jagr missed four games earlier this season, but he’s been hot since returning to the Penguins’ lineup. Jagr has 15 goals and 35 points this season, one behind team leader Ron Francis despite not playing as many games, but he has eight goals and 14 points in 10 games since the injury.

He owes the turnaround to the Penguins’ physical therapist, Mark Mortland, and Dr. John Lee. Mortland introduced Jagr to Lee, who performed the 20-minute procedure.

The results were almost miraculous.

``After five minutes, I was back on the ice and playing again. So it was like a miracle to me, and I’m glad I did it. At least I can play again, and I feel pretty good about it,″ Jagr said.

Jagr, who has been on the verge for months of finalizing a contract believed to be worth more than $50 million over seven years, joked when asked if he was any closer now that Anaheim’s Paul Kariya ended his contract holdout.

``It doesn’t affect me, whatever he signed for,″ Jagr said. ``I know what I want and what I’ll be happy with. It’ll probably (happen) before the end of the year ... 2000.″

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