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Jagr, about to turn 42, is upbeat, loose, and scoring

Feb 14, 2014, 7:14 AM EDT

Czech Republic forward Jaromir Jagr greets fans after beating Latvia 4-2 during a men's ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) AP

We’re two games into the Czech Republic’s schedule and Jaromir Jagr has found the back of the net in both contests. Will he go on to score in every Olympic match?

“Yeah, probably,” Jagr told Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

Jagr doesn’t mind joking around with the press, but the thing is, it’s certainly plausible that scenario will play out. Which is particularly remarkable when you remember that he’ll be turning 42 tomorrow.

“I don’t get old, man,” Jagr said, per the Olympic News Service. “I don’t know why.”

His work ethic and tremendous skill sometimes create that illusion. Of course, his attitude helps too. While we’ve seen losses get to him, even on a stage this big, he doesn’t sound like a guy that’s carrying a tremendous weight on his shoulders.

“We are from the Czech Republic, we are always loose man,” Jagr said. “No pressure.”

That being said, Jagr does realize that they got their work cut out for them. After losing to Sweden and beating Latvia, the Czech Republic will battle Switzerland on Saturday for positioning ahead of the single elimination portion of the tournament.

Although Switzerland hasn’t historically been much of a threat in the hockey world, it has to be taken seriously. This is a nation trying to prove it’s on the upswing after surprising people with a silver medal finish in the 2013 World Championship.

“They’re a pretty good team – a very good team,” Jagr acknowledged.

  1. patthehockeyfan - Feb 14, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Happy Birthday (tomorrow) to Jagr!

    His Czech teammate, Petr Nedved, is 42.

    “I don’t get old, man,” Jagr said, per the Olympic News Service. Apparently, neither does Nedved.

    42 is the new 32. And when they’re 52, THAT will be the new 32.

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