Although he does not play in the National Hockey League anymore, hockey fans across the world still hope for the best when it comes to future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr.
After getting drafted to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1990, Jagr ended his NHL career with the Calgary Flames just a few weeks ago, and though he just turned 46 years old on Thursday, he is still going hard on the ice overseas.
Jagr returned to the Czech League and upon arrival with HC Kladno, he was met with a hero’s welcome and games for the rest of the season were sold out. The guy remains one of the best.
The veteran forward has admitted to be dealing with a knee injury, that slowed him down for the NHL caliber, but still managed to do great for Kladno. However, he has just met another setback this weekend, after he took a dirty hit from behind thrown by an HC Havirov player, leaving Jagr bloodied and concussed.
The hit made any fan worried about the 46-year-old, but now Kladno's decision not to reveal any update on Jagr's health make them even more nervous. On the Czech website ceskatelevize.cz, it is revealed that the team will not give any news on his status until Jagr himself is to do so later on.
This is translated from Czech to English in their article:
"Jaromir Jagr will not go up against on Wednesday and will publish details of his health later," Vít Heral, a spokeswoman posted on the club's twitter account.
"We have some news, of course, but we are not talking about the status of our players over the course of the year as it is done elsewhere, so we will not be so stupid to say anything publicly," said assistant coach Pavel Patera after Tuesday's practice.
Peter also refuses to reveal if Jagr had practiced on his own behind the scenes, on Tuesday.
As soon as the brutal hit took place, the team brought out a stretcher to the ice. Jagr remained down on the ice for a few minutes following the play, but was eventually able to get up to his feet and skate into the locker room with the assistance of a trainer.
Jagr left the game with a concussion and blood could be seen staining the collar of his jersey. It surely sounds like serious news, especially for his future in hockey as many NHL players can say a concussion leaves you with post-symptoms that greatly affect your game.
Kladno avenged the loss of Jagr and won the game 3-1, but for now there is very little update of the gravity of Jagr's injury and the extent of a potential absence and recovery for the veteran forward.
Jagr entered Saturday's fifth duel for Kladno after coming from the NHL and had four assists in the previous four games. He needs to play a total of 15 contests to take part in the postseason, which could be far-fetched now, seeing that he could miss several games with this clear upper-body injury. But Patera believes Kladno can still make the playoffs without Jagr in the fold.
This is translated from Czech to English in the ceskatelevize.cz article:
"We've been playing for almost the whole season, but of course the difference, because Jagr is a great hockey player, and he'll help us greatly in those heavy games, but if it's tomorrow, a week or fourteen days, we'll see."
What are they hiding? Is this the end for the legendary #68?