According to a Czech language report from Nova Sport, 46 year old hockey legend Jaromir Jagr will continue his career for at least one more season, signing a one year deal with his hometown Kladno Knights of the Czech WSM Liga.
Jagr, of course, is the owner and president of Kladno, the team to which he returned after being cut loose by the NHL’s Calgary Flames back in January. With no other NHL prospects in front of him, Jagr elected to return home and continue his professional hockey career in the relative comfort of his hometown.
"I will return to the role of the player," Jagr is quoted as saying on the Knights’ official website. While he flirted with the idea of signing a one year deal in the German DEL, even declining an offer from Eisbären Berlin, Jagr ultimately has decided to remain with Kladno.
As team president Jagr also announced the team’s new coaching staff will be led by David Čermák, Jindřich Lidický and Jan Krégl in 2018-19.
Thus continues the historic and legendary hockey career of Jaromir Jagr. Next season will officially mark Jagr’s third decade in professional hockey, a career that he began with that same hometown Kladno squad in 1988-89. Since then the veteran of 1733 NHL games has gone on to score 766 goals and 1921 points in the NHL alone. His totals in the Czech league and in Russia’s KHL are also impressive.
The man is truly a living legend and we cannot stress just how impressed we are by his sheer determination to keep playing. At 46 years old, with all he’s accomplished in the game already there’s no one in the hockey world who would begrudge Jagr for hanging up the skates. Yet, here he is… still slogging away in the 2nd division of Czech pro hockey. Why? It’s certainly not for the money or the fame…. Jagr owns the team after all, so he’s effectively just paying himself. So no, it’s not for money or fame, it’s for the love of the game. Why else, after multiple Stanley Cups, Art Ross Trophies, Hart Trophies and other countless awards and distinctions would Jagr decide to prolong his career? Again… the man is a living legend.
Source: Nova Sports
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