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.
Montreal Canadiens’ centre-forward Tomáš Plekanec has an excellent game against traditional rivals the Boston Bruins at the weekend, setting up a goal and scoring another to help sink the Bruins 2:0. Plekanec is second on goals and assists for the Habs this season, one point behind fellow player Max Pacioretty. Montreal are in top spot in the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference, three points ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Dominik Hašek, former Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings star and one of the best goalies in the history of NHL, has been inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Toronto on Monday night. The 49-year-old Olympic champion and two-time Stanley Cup winner announced his retirement in 2012. Dominik Hašek is the first Czech hockey player to be introduced in the Hall of Fame. Fellow players in the class of 2014 are Peter Forsberg, Mike Modano, and defenseman Rob Blake.
Czech forward Jakub Voráček scored two assists for the Philadelphia Flyers against Montreal on Saturday night, and moved to the top of the NHL’s scoring charts with 26 points. The second most productive Czech, Jiří Hudler of the Calgary Flames, has scored 14 points and is ranked 50th in the statistics .
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