PITTSBURGH — When Jaromir Jagr arrived from Czechoslovakia in 1990, he was a wide-eyed, 18-year-old NHL rookie who barely spoke English.
He loved fast cars and life in the fast lane.
At times, though, he was too fast for his own good.
“He was a wild child,” said Penguins radio analyst Phil Bourque, a Chelmsford, Mass., native who played with Jagr on Pittsburgh’s Stanley Cup championship teams in 1991 and ’92. “That was his style. He just did his own thing.
“His bad driving habits were very well-known in town. He had a glove box full of speeding tickets, but he never paid them. And he would tick off policemen, because when he would get a speeding ticket, he would open up his glove box and just jam them in there until he had about 20 speeding tickets.
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