At the young age of 48, Jaromir Jagr will once again lace up his skates and hit the ice as a professional hockey player. The legendary forward will play for Kladno in the Czech Republic today, his hometown club that he happens to own. Unfortunately, after bringing the club back to the top league for one season, Jagr and Kladno faced relegation earlier this year and are now back in the second tier of Czech hockey.
It’s hard to know exactly when Jagr’s decades-long pro hockey journey will end. In 1,733 NHL games, more than any not named Gordie Howe or Mark Messier, he registered 1,921 points, putting him second behind only Wayne Gretzky. His 766 regular season goals rank third all-time, while he also earned plenty of individual and team awards, taking home the Art Ross trophy five times as the league’s top scorer, winning the Hart Trophy in 1999 as league MVP, and lifting the Stanley Cup twice with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
All that excellence and his longevity and fitness may still be the most impressive thing about Jagr, as he gets ready for his 33rd season of pro hockey. That career includes stops in the NHL and Czech Republic, but also the German and Italian leagues plus a three-year stint as a star in the KHL. Internationally, he helped the Czechs win Olympic gold in 1998 and two World Championship titles.
There’s not really anything left for Jagr to accomplish in hockey, but he keeps playing anyway.