Jaromir Jagr scores two assists, and then explains the actual reason he played today

Published December 11, 2022 at 3:50 PM

Rumors circulated earlier this year that Jaromir Jagr was ready to announce his retirement from professional hockey. At 50-years-old no one would have blamed Jagr for finally hanging up the skates. The NHL Legend has put off his Hockey Hall of Fame induction by continuing to push back his eligibility by continuing to play.

Playing today will push back Jagr's Hockey Hall of Fame eligibility until the 2026 inductions. So why did Jagr opt to play today? Well, today's game for Jagr wasn't planned and not something he intended to take park in. According to Jagr himself it was brought on by his team being impacted by a virus.

The Kladno Knights were affected by an unpleasant virus, which caused their Friday match with Pardubice to be postponed. Another postponement didn't work out for Kladno, so club owner Jaromír Jágr had to step in in the worst case scenario. Even his two assists did not help the Knights to gain a point.

"My arrival was not planned in advance. When Liberec decided not to postpone the match, we only had twelve players at training on Saturday. There was a threat of suspension and I didn't want it to happen," Jágr describes the reasons for his first start this year.

Jagr returned on a moments notice to help his team avoid sanctions and not only did he do that, but he added 2 assists in the process continuing to build on his legendary resume.

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