Star forward Jaromír Jágr has joined the Boston Bruins from the Dallas Stars. Jágr, who is 41, is the 10th leading goal scorer in the history of the NHL and is perhaps the greatest Czech hockey player of all time. He is regarded as having a genuine chance of winning the Stanley Cup with Boston, which is also home to Czech centre David Krejčí. The Bruins are Jágr’s sixth NHL club.
Czech ice hockey legend Jaromír Jágr caused a minor sensation on Tuesday by switching clubs in the NHL shortly before the league’s transfer deadline. After an impressive season with Dallas, the veteran star has moved to Boston, putting himself in with a chance of winning the Stanley Cup one more time.
Regular season winners Slavia Prague beat Plzeň 3:2 in the fourth game of the best-of-seven semifinal series of the Czech hockey league playoffs on Friday night, and tied the series 2:2. The fifth game is scheduled on Monday. In the other semifinal series which continues on Saturday, Zlín is tied 1:1 with Třinec.
In Sports News this Monday: the national football squad suffers a debacle against Denmark in World Cup qualifying; striker Matěj Vydra is named Championship Player of the Year; speed skater Sáblíková clinches her 10th career gold at the Worlds; hockey club Slavia win the opener of their semi-final series against Plzeň.
Třinec and Plzeň have joined Slavia Prague and Zlín in the semifinals of the Czech hockey league playoff. Třinec beat Sparta Prague 5:0 in the decisive match of the best-of-seven quarterfinal series on Wednesday night while Plzeň defeated Litvínov 4:3 in the seventh game of the series. The semifinal series kick off on Sunday when Plzeň face regular season winners Slavia; the best-of seven series between Zlín and Třinec starts next Tuesday.
In Sports News this Monday: the NHL’s Patrik Eliáš scores in a penalty shootout to down the Winnipeg Jets; the Česká pojišťovna hockey playoffs have gotten underway; football’s Baroš clinches hat-trick for Baník Ostrava; Čech’s misreads key play in FA Cup quarter-final; tennis player Petra Kvitová makes it to the final 16 at Indian Wells.
Czech legend Jaromir Jágr has won the first round of the Golden Hockey Stick, which is annually awarded to the best Czech ice hockey player, based on votes by trainers, hockey officials and sports journalists. The third round, which will be held in the summer, will decide if Jágr will receive the award for the eleventh time in his career.
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