Czech legendary forward Jaromír Jágr helped the New Jersey Devils sink the favoured Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night in the National Hockey League, scoring once on three shots and afterwards being named the game’s first star. The Devils ended a three-game losing streak and Jágr got his first points after five games. The Devils are in 14th position in the Eastern Conference and a lowly 26th in the league overall while Pittsburgh are fifth.
Forty-two-year-old Czech hockey legend Jaromír Jágr – the most productive European player in NHL history – marked a new milestone on Monday night, playing in his 1,500th NHL game. The forward right-wing, who plays for the New Jersey Devils, joined 15 other players before him who reached that mark. On Monday, Jágr scored a tying goal against Carolina and assisted on the winner scored by Adam Henrique.
The Czech ice hockey player Jaromír Jágr is now joint sixth all-time highest scorer in the history of the NHL after finding the net for his club New Jersey Devils in a 2:4 defeat to Boston Bruins on Monday. Jágr, who is 42, now has 708 goals, the same number as Mike Gartner. The Kladno-born right wing has achieved that tally despite leaving the NHL to play for Omsk in the Russian-centred Kontinental Hockey League between 2008 and 2011.
Legendary Czech forward Jaromír Jágr confirmed he was retiring from international hockey on Sunday shortly after the national team’s defeat by Sweden at the Ice Hockey World Championships. The Czech Republic finished outside the medals in the tournament, losing 3-0 in the bronze medal match. Jágr played for his country five times at the Winter Olympics, including the 2014 Sochi Games, and eight times at the World Championships. He won Olympic gold in 1998 and bronze in 2006 and gold at the Worlds in 2005 and 2010. The 42-year-old forward will continue to play in the NHL after resigning for one year with the New Jersey Devils.
In Sports News this Monday: Czechs flounder at ice hockey Worlds with first ever loss to Denmark – Jágr calls for more teamwork; Sparta take the Czech cup after an 8:7 win over Plzeň in penalty shootout; Czechs preparing to face Finland in friendly; and Rosický wins FA Cup, his first trophy at Arsenal.
The Czech national hockey team defeated Slovakia 3:2 in their opening game at the world championships in Minsk, Belarus, on Friday night. The Czechs went ahead early but the in the second period saw the Slovaks dominate the game, scoring two goals. However, Jaromír Jágr equalized late in the third period, forcing an overtime. Some two minutes into overtime, Jakub Klepiš found the net, securing the Czech team’s win. The Czechs are next playing Sweden on Sunday at the world championships in Minsk.
The Czech national hockey team face traditional rivals Slovakia in their opening game at the world championship in Belarus. The Czechs, star veteran Jaromír Jágr on the roster and a new coach, are looking to improve on their disappointing 7th place from last year as well as 6th place they reached at the Sochi Olympics. Former Czech international Martin Hosták is in the Belorussian capital as a commentator for Czech TV. I asked him what he thought of the Czech team ahead of the opening match.
In ice hockey, both Jaromír Jagr and Roman Červenka took part in training after the Czech national squad arrived in Belarus ahead of the start of the world championships on Friday. Both players had been nursing injuries suffered in the championship warm-up tournament in Sweden. The first Czech match is against Slovakia on Friday night. The Czechs are in the same opening group as Sweden, Canada, Italy, Denmark, Norway, and France.