Jaromir Jagr Confirms He'll Play 30th Season of Pro Hockey in Czech Republic

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 15, 2018

ANAHEIM, CA - DECEMBER 29:  Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Calgary Flames looks on during the second period of a game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on December 29, 2017 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Jaromir Jagr will play his 30th season of professional hockey in the 2018-19 campaign for the Czech Republic's Kladno Knights, he confirmed to the team's website Tuesday according to Greg Wyshynski of ESPN.com. 

Jagr currently serves as both the co-owner and team president for the Knights, who play in the WSM Liga.

Jagr, 46, has played 24 seasons in the NHL, accumulating 1,921 points, 766 goals and 1,155 assists. He's second all-time in points, third all-time in goals and fifth all-time in assists. He's an eight-time All-Star, two-time Stanley Cup champion, five-time Art Ross Trophy winner (most points in a season) and the 1998-99 Hart Memorial Trophy winner as league MVP.

He also has played seasons overseas in both the Czech Republic and in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League during his career.

The 2017-18 season did not go well for Jagr, however, as he appeared in just 22 games, scoring a goal and six assists as injuries hampered him throughout the year. He didn't finish the season with the Flames, instead returning to the Czech Republic, though he couldn't help the Knights return to the Czech Republic's top division.

He scored four points in five games for Kladno upon his return, per Jared Clinton of the Hockey News, though he was held scoreless in the postseason.

It appears Jagr's time in the NHL has more than likely come to a close. Still, rounding out his decorated and Hall of Fame hockey career by bringing Kladno—the team with which he started his career in 1988—back to the top division would be quite the way to go out in style.

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