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.
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.”
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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).
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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.