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Posted On Sunday, 05.17.2015 / 5:14 PM

By Michael Langr - Correspondent / - 2015 IIHF World Championship blog

Jagr says he played his final game for Czech Republic

PRAGUE -- Jaromir Jagr (Florida Panthers) said Sunday that he has played his last game for the Czech Republic national team. Jagr and the Czechs lost 3-0 to the United States in the bronze-medal game of the 2015 IIHF World Championship on Sunday at O2 Arena.

"Obviously, I'd rather finish with a better game and with a win, but that's how it is," Jagr said after the Czech Republic finished fourth for the second consecutive year. "I'm glad I played in this tournament and the fans have been great to me. I tried to give them everything I had, each game. Sometimes it went well, sometimes not. But I always gave it 100 percent."

Jagr's six goals led the Czech Republic and were tied for fourth among tournament leaders. At 43 years and 76 days old, Jagr became the oldest player to score a goal at the World Championship on May 1 against Sweden. He also scored twice, including the game-winner, in a 5-3 win against Finland that advanced the Czech Republic into the semifinals. He was named MVP of the tournament after Canada won the gold medal with a 6-1 win against Russia.

Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 5:28 PM

By Michael Langr - Correspondent / - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Rozsival celebrates with Cup in Czech Republic

VLAŠIM, Czech Republic -- A year ago, defenseman Michal Rozsival was an unrestricted free agent considering his options after 11 seasons in the NHL. He chose to sign with the Chicago Blackhawks because he felt there was a very good chance he could become an NHL champion.

It turns out he was right. He celebrated his first Stanley Cup win with the Blackhawks in June and on Wednesday added to those memories when he brought the Cup to his home in the Czech Republic.

"It's great to see the Cup again," Rozsival told reporters in Vlašim, a small town located in the central region of the country.

Posted On Tuesday, 08.06.2013 / 5:17 PM

By Michael Langr - Correspondent / - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Frolik welcomes Stanley Cup to Czech Republic

KLADNO, Czech Republic -- Since being involved in a draft-day trade at the end of June, Michael Frolik has been a member of the Winnipeg Jets. But Tuesday, the Stanley Cup champion was a Chicago Blackhawk for one more day.

The Stanley Cup arrived in the Czech wing's hometown of Kladno, about 25 miles west of Prague, and its suburban village, Kamenné Žehrovice, to honor one of the two Czech countrymen who celebrated a championship in June with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Wednesday, the trophy will appear in the central village of Vlašim, the hometown of Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival.

"It's a big day for me. I am definitely enjoying it," Frolik said after the Cup arrived in the Czech Republic from Chicago. "I came to the airport to welcome the Cup by myself, then we brought it to my house. I am glad we had it at home first and could take some pictures with my family."

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