Despite the fact he will turn 42 during the Winter Olympics in Russia’s Sochi in February, the ice hockey star Jaromír Jágr says he does not rule out also representing the Czech Republic in the following Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018. Jágr told the Star-Ledger newspaper that people had laughed when he said he would play at the World Championships in Prague in 2015, but that was now just a year away. The Kladno-born legend has just scored his 690th NHL goal, tying with the great Mario Lemieux on the league’s all-time scoring list.
Czech hockey legend Jaromír Jágr scored the winner in overtime for New Jersey on Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings. The final score was 2:1. The winner was Jagr’s 690th career goal, tying him with retired hockey great Mario Lemieux in ninth spot among the league’s top scorers. Jágr, who is 41, has a one-year contract with the Devils.
Czech hockey forward Rostislav Olesz has signed a contract until the end of the season with Swiss club SC Bern. The 28-year-old player leaves the NHL after having played 10 games for the New Jersey Devils this season but was later sent to their farm team. Rostislav Olesz comes back to Europe after eight years overseas where he played for the Florida Panthers, the Chicago Blackhawks, and the New Jersey Devils.
Czech national team captain Tomáš Rosický will miss Friday’s friendly game against Canada due to illness, the manager of the Czech side, Josef Pešice said on Monday. The 33-year-old Arsenal midfielder also missed a Premier League match on Sunday. Freiburg midfielder Vladimír Darida, meanwhile, suffered a muscle injury in a Europa League match last week, and is also out of the game. Manager Pečice instead selected Tomáš Hořava of Viktoria Pilsen and Josef Šural of Liberec who might get his first international cap in Friday's match.
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The Czech hockey team have lost 0:2 against the Russians at the Karjala Cup in Finland. The Czechs, who are the defending champions, lost all three of the matches at the tournament, taking fourth place. So far this season, the Czech national team has lost five out of six matches, which does not bode well for their success at the upcoming winter Olympics in Sochi.
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After half-a-year’s absence 32 year-old Czech forward Martin Havlát returned to the ice on Wednesday for the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks lost 4-3 in overtime to the L.A. Kings but lead in the NHL. Havlat’s return was welcomed by the team captain; at the club another Czech player, 19 year-old Tomáš Hetrl, has so far had an excellent season, not long ago scoring four goals in a single game, one of them a sensational between-the-legs shot that beat New York Rangers goalie Martin Biron.
The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the New Jersey Devils in their last outing in the NHL, leaving the Devils’ with only one regular-time win in their first nine games. Star forward Jaromír Jágr, who joined the hockey club after going all the way to the Stanley Cup finals with Boston, expressed his frustration on-line. The player has two goals and four assists in the season so far.
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