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The 50-year-old NHL legend suits up for the Czech team after illness sidelined a large part of the roster


Jaromir Jagr played 24 seasons in the NHL from 1990 to 2018, and the future Hockey Hall of Famer donned a new pair of skates on Sunday at the age of 50.

Jagr owns the Kladno Knights of the Czech Extraliga, and decided to play for them over the weekend after a team-wide illness put them in danger of postponing a second game in a row.

Jaromir Jagr of the Calgary Flames during a game against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on December 29, 2017 in Anaheim, California.
(Sean M Haffey/Getty Images)

The Knights had just 12 players entering Sunday, and the team would have been fined if a second game was postponed.

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“My arrival was not planned in advance,” Jagr said, according to Yahoo Sports. “When Liberec decided not to postpone the game, we only had 12 players in training on Saturday. There was a threat of suspension and I didn’t want it to happen.”

Jaromir Jagr during the puck drop for the 2022 NHL Global Series Challenge Czech Republic game between the Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks at O2 Arena on October 8, 2022, in Prague, Czech Republic.

Jaromir Jagr during the puck drop for the 2022 NHL Global Series Challenge Czech Republic game between the Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks at O2 Arena on October 8, 2022, in Prague, Czech Republic.
(Jari Pestelacci/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

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Jagr surprisingly resembled his old self. His team lost 7-3, but he dished out two assists in 15:10 of ice time.

The 13-time NHL All-Star played in 109 games for the Knights in the previous five seasons, but had not played this season. The Knights are 9-18 for the year.

Jagr was the fifth pick in the 1990 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins and ranks second all-time in points at 1,921 – 936 behind Wayne Gretzky. Jagr is fourth all-time in goals (766) and fifth in assists (1,155).

Jaromír Jagr of the Pittsburgh Penguins warms up before the start of a game against the New Jersey Devils in 1990 at Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ

Jaromír Jagr of the Pittsburgh Penguins warms up before the start of a game against the New Jersey Devils in 1990 at Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ
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In his storied career, Jagr has suited up for the Penguins, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, and Calgary Flames.



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