Jaromír Jágr will fail to beat NHL appearance record

Czech ice hockey star Jaromír Jágr has lost the opportunity this year to set a new NHL record for the number of games played.

Jágr hopes of equalling the record of Gordie Howe for the number of games played evaporated on Wednesday when he failed to play for the Calgary Flames against Los Angeles.

Forty-five year old Jágr so far has a tally of 1733 games, 34 short of Canadian Howe’s total of 1767. Calgary has 34 games left to play this season but the Czech, who has been sidelined by injury recently, looks doubtful to feature in all of them.