After a disappointing fourth place finish in front of their home crowd, Czech hockey legend Jaromír Jágr, named tournament MVP of the 2015 World Championships, has said for the second straight season that he is done with the Czech national team.
Despite announcing his intention to retire from international play following the Czech’s Bronze medal loss in Minsk last season, Jágr, available to join the Narodnitym after his Florida Panthers narrowly missed the NHL playoffs, decided to rejoin the team so he could play in front of his hometown fans in Prague. Jágr, who received a raucous ovation every time he touched the puck, finished the tournament with six goals and nine points, but fell flat to the United States in the Bronze medal game.
Jágr, at age 43, will now recommit to the Panthers, who he has been a huge asset to this season, helping young stars like Alexander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau improve their game, and helping to resuscitate Jágr’s career as well. If Jágr’s retirement from Czech hockey is truly official this time, we congratulate him on an illustrious career, capped off with two World Championship Golds (2005, 2010), an Olympic Gold Medal in 1998, and Bronze hardware from the 2004 World Cup, 2006 Olympics and 2011 World Championships, playing in ten Worlds, five Olympics and three Canada / World Cups over his 25 year career.
We wish the best of luck to Jaromír and his family for the rest of his professional career!
Photo Credit: IIHF Worlds 2015 – IIHF – HHOF – IOC