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Jagr: Shanahan, Daly and Bettman helped process Czech league transfer

Sep 21, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT


Here’s an interesting subplot from a New York Times piece about Jaromir Jagr‘s return to Kladno HC, the Czech Extraliga team he began his professional hockey career with (and now owns.)

On Wednesday, Kladno played Slavia in a game featuring Jagr, Tomas Plekanec, Jiri Tlusty, Marek Zidlicky, Roman Cervenka and Vladimir Sobotka. With so much NHL star power involved, the contest was moved to the O2 Arena in Prague so that nearly 16,000 fans could attend.

According to the Times, free bus rides were provided to shuttle supporters from Kladno to Prague.

But the game almost didn’t get played due to sticky rules involving IIHF transfer cards — and that’s when the NHL lent a helping hand.

Here’s more, from

It took an act of cooperation from the N.H.L. to make the game happen. The six N.H.L. players were nearly unable to play because they were waiting for their international transfer cards to be processed. The procedure requires obtaining signatures from the incoming and outgoing national hockey federations, which assure that the player is not in violation of any contractual obligations.

Jagr said come Wednesday morning the players did not know if they would be able to play.

“We were ready to cancel this game,” he said.

To expedite the process, Jagr had made a late phone call Tuesday to his former Rangers teammate Brendan Shanahan, who is now an N.H.L. vice president.

“I have to say thanks to Brendan Shanahan who helped me a lot,” Jagr said. “Shanahan did a great job and put Gary Bettman and Bill Daly on the phone, and eventually we were able to play.”

Awfully nice to see a moment of cooperation in the middle of labor ugliness, no?

/hums theme song to Family Ties

//sha la la laaaaa

  1. elemeno89 - Sep 21, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    insert comment relating to the irony of the NHL helping its employees play for other leagues instead of negotiating a new CBA for their own…

    • danaking - Sep 21, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      Agree, but, of course, this didn;t cost the NHL a cent.

  2. blomfeld - Sep 21, 2012 at 4:18 PM


    As I’ve previously noted, this “apparent” lockout was furtively contrived in a NY boardroom back in January. And therefore the owners and players are acting as expected, given that they both have an equal part in this caper. Of course it’s unfortunate for the majority of loyal fans, who love the game and pay the freight. But loyalty and integrity have no place here, as this is all about maximizing profit for a “few” at the expense of “many”. Nonetheless, their plan calls for a commencement of the season by the US Thanksgiving Day holiday latest and so it won’t be too long of a wait now …

  3. somekat - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    You mean a player talked to management themselves, and they were able to get a resolution? Say it isn’t so.

    Not a shock that when the players and management spoke, they got a deal done. Not a surprise that when management and some lawyer “representing” the players get together, they don’t.

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