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Jagr Named to Czech Republic World Cup Team

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


Team Czech Republic announced its roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2004 during a press conference in Prague, Czech Republic earlier today. Named to the squad was Rangers forward Jaromir Jagr.

Jagr joins Sweden's Henrik Lundqvist as Blueshirt players selected by their respective countries to participate in the tournament.

Jagr, 32, has represented the Czech Republic and Czechoslovakia in eight international events, including the Olympics (1998, 2002), the World Cup (1996), the Canada Cup (1991), World Championship (1990, 2002, 2004) and World Junior Championship (1990).

The native of Kladno, Czech Republic was acquired by the Rangers from the Washington Capitals on January 22, 2004 in exchange for Anson Carter. In 31 games with the Blueshirts last season, Jagr recorded 29 points (15 goals, 14 assists).

The World Cup of Hockey 2004 will feature eight of the top hockey nations in the world competing for the international hockey crown from August 30 through September 14, 2004.

Defending champion of the inaugural 1996 World Cup and 2002 Olympic silver medalist United States will be joined by 2002 Olympic gold medal-winner Canada, Russia and Slovakia in the North American pool. The Czech Republic, winners of the 1998 Olympic gold medal, Finland, Germany and Sweden will compete in the European pool.

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