Czech ice hockey star Jaromír Jágr has become the oldest player to score three goals in one game in the NHL. Jágr, who turns 43 in the middle of next month, scored the hat trick for New Jersey against Philadelphia on Saturday to take the age record from Gordie Howe. The Kladno-born right wing is the last player drafted in 1990 to be still active in the NHL.
The Czech Republic have been knocked out of the Ice Hockey World Junior Championship in Canada after being beaten 3:0 by Slovakia in the quarter-finals on Friday. It was the Czech under 20s third exit in a row at the last eight stage of the competition. The result means they have now failed to take a medal in the competition 10 times in succession.
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.
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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.
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Former NHL defenceman for the Toronto Maple Leafs and later the Montreal Canadiens Tomáš Kabrle will play for his hometown Kladno, in the Czech Republic’s second division, this season, after being invited to the New Jersey Devils training camp in September, iDnes reports. Kabrle, a veteran player of 36, told Czech news site iDnes it would be a challenge to help Kladno try and get back into the top league. His contract with the club the players says “taught him how to play hockey” is open-ended, allowing him to leave if he receives an attractive offer. To play for Kladno, he apparently declined offers from clubs in the top Czech league as well as elsewhere.
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