Jaromír Jágr was one of the stars of the Czech squad that took ice hockey gold at the Nagano Olympics, which began 20 years ago on Wednesday. The veteran forward admits playing again at this year’s Olympics did cross his mind – and says the absence of NHL players increases Czech chances of repeating the famous victory of 1998.
The Czech ice hockey legend Jaromír Jágr will on Saturday make his first
appearance for Kladno since signing for his hometown club on Wednesday,
following his return from the NHL.
Despite knee problems, the 45-year-old will take to the ice in a second-flight clash with Benátky nad Jizerou. The game has been switched from the latter’s stadium to Liberec due to demand for tickets.
Lining up for Benátky nad Jizerou should be another veteran ice hockey star, Petr Nedvěd. Nedvěd, who played in the NHL for 15 seasons, is 46.
Jaromír Jágr has made his first public appearance since news of his return to his hometown club Kladno sparked a wave of Jágrmania in the Czech Republic. Speaking to a scrum of journalists on Thursday, the ice hockey superstar discussed where things had gone wrong for him in the NHL this season – and said he would do his best to satisfy Kladno’s supporters.
In ice hockey, Jaromír Jágr confirmed that he will take the ice for the
Kladno Knights on Saturday in the first division against Benátky nad
Jágr, who returned from Canada on Wednesday, took part in training with his new team for the first time on Thursday. He said the around 45 minute session hurt him more than expected.
Jágr said he is keen to make a start for his home town club as soon as possible so that he can take part in the end of season play offs for promotion to the top Czech league if they get that far. Jágr, 45, returned to the Czech Republic after his stint playing for the Calgary Flames in the NHL came to an end.
In football, Czech club Sparta Prague have announced a deal with English
club Newcastle United under which Slovak goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka will
leave on a free transfer to the end of the season.
A decision will then be made about his future. Sparta Prague will get Romanian keeper Florian Nita from Bucharest club FCSB under terms which have not been revealed.
Czech ice hockey legend Jaromír Jágr has signed a new contract with his
hometown club Kladno after arriving on a plane from the US. Jágr’s
glittering career in the NHL came to a close after his last club Calgary
Flames placed him on waivers.
The forward, who turns 46 next month, did not speak to the media on his arrival but is due to appear in a news conference after a Kladno training session on Thursday. He is expected to take to the ice in the club’s colours on Saturday.