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Jaromir Jagr announces retirement… from Czech National team

May 25, 2014, 3:46 PM EDT

Jaromir Jagr AP

The Czech Republic’s loss in the bronze medal game to Sweden in the 2014 World Championships will be the last time Jaromir Jagr hits the ice for his country.

Jagr, 42, said following the game it would be the last time he’ll play for the Czech Republic. After playing in the Olympics five times and at Worlds eight times, he said it was time to take a break as Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger shared.

“When I count the last two years, I think I’ve played the most games of any hockey player in the world,” Jagr said. “I’m not 21 anymore. On the other side, I don’t mind playing. I don’t get tired.

“I took a chance. I knew it was going to be tough for me to come from the small ice to go on the big ice. I know it’s join to help me next year.”

If that’s Jagr’s way of calling it quits internationally, it’s not totally convincing. Perhaps missing out on a medal at both the Sochi Olympics and Worlds has him feeling a bit cranky.

After all, he’s said repeatedly he has no plans of hanging it up completely and he just signed a one-year deal to stay with the New Jersey Devils. Chances are a guy like Jagr has carte blanche to play for the national team if he so chooses. If this truly is it for him with the national team, his career there has been brilliant with a gold medal at the 1998 Olympics and a bronze in 2006.

  1. lowenni - May 25, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    I don’t think this is so much him being cranky as it his him being realistic. I doubt that he’s actually played the most games of anyone in the world as he says, but if you count his season last year, playoff run with the Bruins last year, season this year, Olympics, and this tournament, he’s played a lot–especially for someone his age. We all know he keeps himself in impeccable shape but it’s smart for him to realize if he wants to continue to produce like he did this season for the Devils he can’t wear himself out that much, not every season at his age.

    • c9castine - May 25, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      dont forget he played over seas during the lockout when not everybody did. he was being a bit playful in his claim but honestly, he might be right.

  2. hockeyflow33 - May 25, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    I’m still expecting him to play in the next Olympics

  3. puckluckpost - May 26, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    World Championships are in the Czech Republic next year, he’ll be there!

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