The Czech national hockey team faced Slovakia in a key contest at the Winter Games on Tuesday to reach the quarter-finals. Neither team had played convincingly in the group stage but the Czech squad turned things around: jumping to a three goal lead in the first period that knocked the wind out of their Slovak opponents.
Czech hockey star Jaromir Jágr celebrated his 42nd birthday at the Winter Olympics in Sochi on Saturday ahead of a group C game with Switzerland. His team mates sang a Czech rendition of Happy Birthday, gave him a hearty round of applause and handed over a giant chocolate cake made for the occasion by German chefs at the Sochi Olympics.
Czech ice hockey coach Alois Hadamczik has called up such veterans as Jaromír Jágr and Petr Nedvěd for the country’s squad for the Winter Olympics in Russia’s Sochi next month. Seventeen players from the NHL have been included in the roster, with Tomáš Plekanec of Montreal Canadiens being named captain. It will be the fifth Olympics for Jágr, who has not ruled out playing a sixth in 2018, when he will be 46.
The New Jersey Devils’ Jaromír Jágr scored his 694th goal in the NHL on Saturday night, tying Marc Messier for seventh place in the league’s all-time goal list. The 41-year-old Czech player added two assists in the game, contributing to his team’s 5:4 overtime win against the Washington Capitals. Another Czech in the Devils’ line-up, Marek Židlický, scored two goals in the game while Patrik Eliáš had two assists.
Czech hockey star Jaromír Jágr is in sole possession of eighth place in the NHL’s all-time goals list after he scored his 693rd goal in the league, securing the New Jersey Devils’ 5:2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night. The goal was also the 41-year-old right winger’s 122nd game-winning goal.
Despite the fact he will turn 42 during the Winter Olympics in Russia’s Sochi in February, the ice hockey star Jaromír Jágr says he does not rule out also representing the Czech Republic in the following Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018. Jágr told the Star-Ledger newspaper that people had laughed when he said he would play at the World Championships in Prague in 2015, but that was now just a year away. The Kladno-born legend has just scored his 690th NHL goal, tying with the great Mario Lemieux on the league’s all-time scoring list.