Fans heading to see Kladno take on Havirov in the Czech Republic are going to get a treat, as Jaromir Jagr will be back in the lineup for the first time in almost a year. Jagr will skate on Kladno’s first line alongside Tomas Plekanec, who returned home after seeing his contract terminated by the Montreal Canadiens earlier this year.
Jagr, 47, owns the Kladno club and has maintained a desire to continue his playing career even into his late forties. The legendary NHL winger couldn’t find much of a fit with the Calgary Flames last season after struggling with injury, and ended up being loaned back to Kladno to finish out the year. With that loan he failed to reach some of the performance bonuses in the one-year pact with Calgary, but there’s little reason to worry about his financial situation after a long and prosperous NHL career.
In 1,733 regular season games Jagr recorded 1,921 points, good for second all-time behind only Wayne Gretzky. His 766 goals puts him third all-time, and he won nearly every individual and team trophy available during his long career. A two-time Stanley Cup champion, and member of the triple gold club (which includes gold medals at the Olympics and World Championships), Jagr also took home five Art Ross trophies, three Ted Lindsay (then called Lester B. Pearson) Awards, and a Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP. There seems to be just one thing left on the accomplishment list for Jagr, and that’s getting Kladno back into the top Czech league after they suffered relegation a few years ago.