Jaromir Jagr isn’t ready to hang up the skates quite yet
The 46-year-old, Jaromir Jagr, announced on Monday afternoon that he will be suiting up next season with the HC Kladno of the second-tier Czech league; his hometown team, of which he is also a majority owner.
Jagr dressed in just 22 games in Calgary, scoring one goal and seven points. Injury had forced Jagr to the sidelines, something rather new for him. Upon returning to the NHL in 2011-12 following his brief KHL stint, Jagr had missed just 20 games in six seasons. Between a knee injury and groin injury, Jagr was sidelined in 24 games with the Flames this past season, and due to his nagging injuries and inability to catch up to speed with his younger teammates, it became clear around mid-season that Jagr’s time in the Flames was coming to an end. In late-January, Calgary waived Jagr and he was subsequently loaned to Kladno.
The ageless wonder is now entering his 30th season as a professional hockey player. For reference of how amazing of a fete this really is, there were 20 players who dressed for the Calgary Flames this past season that weren’t even born when Jagr made his NHL debut.