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Jagr says he will return to play for Kladno

Next season would be 30th professionally for second-leading scorer in NHL history

by Mike Battaglino / Staff Writer

Jaromir Jagr said he intends to play another season for Kladno in the Czech Republic.

It would be the 30th professional season for the 46-year-old forward.

"I will get back in the locker room to my role as a player," Jagr said Monday in remarks translated from the Kladno website.


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Jagr, who owns the team in the Czech 1 Liga, returned to play for it after clearing waivers from the Calgary Flames on Jan. 29. An injury then ended his season.

Jagr, who had seven points (one goal, six assists) in 22 games with Calgary, can become an NHL unrestricted free agent July 1. He ranks second in NHL history in points (1,921), trailing Wayne Gretzky (2,857); is third in goals (766) behind Gretzky (894) and Gordie Howe (801); and is third in games played (1,733) behind Howe (1,767) and Mark Messier (1,756).

Jagr had a knee injury that caused him to be placed on injured reserve by the Flames and miss time with Kladno, his hometown team. He has been its majority owner since 2011.

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"I want to get completely healthy and then see what happens," Jagr said in April. "I don't want to retire yet. I can always play here. My plan is just to get healthy first and then see how far I can go."

Jagr told The New York Times then he had not ruled out returning to play in the NHL.

Jagr was voted one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian. He has 1,155 assists, 14 behind Ray Bourque for fourth in NHL history; Gretzky leads with 1,963. Jagr is the all-time NHL leader with 135 game-winning goals.

Jagr won the Stanley Cup in 1991 and 1992 with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who selected him No. 5 in the 1990 NHL Draft. He won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player in 1999, the Art Ross Trophy as scoring champion five times (1995, 1998-2001), and the Masterton Trophy for perseverance and dedication to hockey in 2016.

He played two seasons for Kladno before joining the Penguins for the 1990-91 NHL season. He also played in the NHL for the Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers, and in the Kontinental Hockey League for Avangard Omsk. and senior writer Michael Langr contributed to this report

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