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Jagr announces retirement from international play @NHLdotcom

New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr announced his retirement Sunday from international hockey as a member of the Czech Republic national team it lost 3-0 against Sweden in the bronze-medal game of the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.

"That was my last game for the Czech Republic," Jagr told reporters. "I'll be back to play in the NHL next year [with the Devils], but I won't play for my country again."

Jagr represented the Czech Republic five times at the Winter Olympics, including the 2014 Sochi Games, and eight times at the World Championship. He won Olympic gold in 1998 and bronze in 2006, gold medals at the World Championship in 2005 and 2010, and bronze medals in 1990 and 2011.

He finished with four goals, eight points and 35 shots in 10 games and averaged 16:17 of ice time for the Czech Republic in his final international event.

Jagr was re-signed by the Devils on April 30 to a one-year contract.

The Devils named the 42-year-old right wing their most valuable player after he led them in assists (43), points (67), plus-minus (plus-16), game-winning goals (six) and shots (231). He was second with 24 goals.

Jagr, who will play his second season with the Devils in 2014-15, ranks 20th in NHL history in games played (1,473), seventh in goals (705), eighth in assists (1,050) and is tied for sixth with Steve Yzerman in points (1,755). Jagr is the NHL leader with 124 game-winning goals, including 18 overtime goals in 20 seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins and Devils.

A member of the Penguins' 1991 and 1992 Stanley Cup championship teams, Jagr has 78 goals, 121 assists and 199 points in 202 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

According to the IIHF, Jagr is one of 25 players in history to join the Triple Gold Club with an Olympic gold medal, World Championship gold medal and Stanley Cup.

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