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.
Future Hall of Famer Jaromír Jágr was placed on waivers by NHL’s
Calgary Flames on Sunday signaling the end of the hockey forward’s stint
at the Saddledome.
Other NHL teams were left 24 hours to claim the player by 10 am Monday. The Flames are otherwise expected to announce a mutual parting of ways – either a termination of his contract or by loaning him to another team, the Calgary Sun reported.
Jágr, who turns 46 in February, was dogged by injury during much of his time in Calgary and was limited to one goal and six assists during in 22 contests. The most likely outcome, if he isn’t picked up, is a return to his hometown club HC Kladno, just outside of Prague.
SB Nation on Sunday, meanwhile, published an article online listing five NHL teams who should give the Czech “one more shot”, among them the Pittsburgh Penguins, with whom he won two Stanley Cups, the Montreal Canadiens (where he could reunite on a line with Tomáš Plekanec) and the Vegas Golden Knights.
Most of the members of the winning Czech Olympic ice hockey team from
Nagano will get together in Prague on February 5 to mark the 20th
anniversary of their victory.
The reunion has been arranged to mark what is seen as a key moment not just in sporting but also national history, according to the national ice hockey association which is organising the event.
Seventeen of the 23-strong squad which won gold have promised to take part as well most of the back-up team. One notable exception will by Jaromír Jágr, still playing for the Calgary Flames.
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.
The Calgary Flames have said they are waiting now for legendary Czech
player Jaromír Jágr to recover from injury before deciding on what to do
with the future hall of famer.
There was speculation recently that Jágr’s agent and the team management were negotiating an exit for the player who has missed the last six matches and 22 overall so far this season. The two previous seasons, with Florida, the forward missed only three games.
At the moment, the team’s general manager Brad Treliving said it was not possible to say more. Calgary are currently eighth in the Western Conference and third in the Pacific Division. It is possible the team may stick with the experienced player if a playoff spot appears likely.
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