Jaromir Jagr announced to Czech Republic team officials in recent days that he will not be playing in the first World Cup of Hockey to be held before the 2016-17 NHL season, Czech media and outlets in North America are reporting.
The Czech legend announced his retirement from international competition after winning the MVP of the 2015 IIHF World Champions that was held in his native Czech Republic in 2015, a team he joined after the Florida Panthers ended their 2014-2015 season.
The Hockey News had a nice article on this announcement…
as did PuckDaddy…
When the World Cup rosters were announced in March, Czech team management held a spot for him in case he decided to participate. He stated the time required for training for the tournament would take away time from working with Kladno, the team he owns in the Czech league, as well as getting ready for the 2016-17 season for the Panthers. Jagr was the Panther’s leading scorer and a demon in five on five play. He chose returning to Florida for a team he enjoys being part of instead of taking a dip in a potentially lucrative free agent pool.
Jagr not playing for the Czechs means fatigue will not be a problem for the tireless one as he hopes he can help the Panthers finish first in the Atlantic Division for the second season in a row.
Jagr was the Panthers leader in scoring with 66 points, which included a second-team best 27 goals. He played 79 games and finished with 32 points in his final 32 games on Florida’s top line.
His point total was good for 21st league-wide and fourth among right wings.
Last season was big for milestones as Jagr became the third all-time leading goal scorer in NHL history when be passed Brett Hull, and the third all-time leading point scorer when he passed Gordie Howe and more can be highlighted this season. This coming season a healthy and productive Jagr can finish the campaign as the second all time leading point producer and eclipse the 1900 point mark. Until he achieves those milestones, he’ll likely start the season at eight in games played and become fourth when he plays his 23rd of the season. The Jagr-O-Meter has been updated to include games played.
Enough charts and graphs. Here are Jagr’s 27 goals from the 2015-16 season. Just something to remind you what we hope to see more of in 2016-17.
Have a good summer Jaromir and hockey fans around the world because next year…
In the mean time, remember highlights of Jagr’s fantastic 2015-16 season by visiting the index page with game by game reports from JAGRometer.com and check out the links for additional Jagr content shared here throughout the season.
Assorted Jagr-related links:
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Florida Panthers Team website: http://www.floridapanthers.com or panthers.nhl.com.
Some Jagr-related social media accounts:
@68Jagr This is the real site, the one and only official Jaromir Jagr twitter account. Postings are rare, but worth the wait.
The two best Jagr facebook pages are:
This is the page Jagr posts on, if he is going to post at all.
Another good facebook page is one produced by someone in the Czech Republic. It has more than 100,000 likes. This is not the official page, but it is very good.
@FlaPanthers and @FLAPanthersPR The official twitter accounts for news about the team.
@dougielarge Doug Cifu, few owners in sports relate to the fans as much as this man who interacts with fans and media on twitter.
@goldieonice — Steve Goldstein, TV play-by-play of the Panthers. Brings all those exciting highlights to life.
@DenisPotvinFox — NHL Hall of Famer Denis Potvin works along side Goldstein in the booth.
@HeyRedDeer color man Randy Moller who left the radio booth to help Goldstein and Potvin on TV.
@GeorgeRichards Panthers beat writer for the Miami Herald.
@HFialkov Panthers beat writer for the Sun Sentinel
@AntwanStaley Includes Panthers coverage in his all sports all the time reports
@Cats0ntheprowl twitter for Cats On the Prowl, offering detailed reviews of Panthers games and more including the prospects who are not ready to take over Jagr’s job.
@SunshineSkate twitter for The Sunshine Skate, another blog with special emphasis on advanced stats and charts that will make you dizzy.
@Zdenek_Janda US-based Czech reporter who covers the NHL and reports on other news for the people of the Czech Republic.
@Jsmidcro Jan Smid was a US-based Czech reporter who collaborated on “Jagr”, an autobiography in the late 90’s detailing Jagr’s early life and career in the NHL.
@NHLHistoryGirl This hockey loving woman shares interesting informational tidbits about hockey and the NHL in general. How does she do it?
@MyRegularFace She’s another gem. Watches lots of games and gets up GIFs faster than nhl.com or anyone else out there.
@KrRutherford Kristina Rutherford wrote a great article for Canada’s sportsnet magazine.
Nigel Buchanan, whose superhero treatment of Jagr in his art for sportsnet magazine is one of the many efforts he has on display at http://www.nigelbuchanan.com.
The article was shared by Sportsnet on Dec. 20, 2015. It may be the best article ever written about Jagr and there were many written on “The Most Interesting Hockey Player in the World,” last season: http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/big-read-the-oral-history-of-jaromir-jagr/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
Quant Hockey: Career stats updated game by game by a hockey lover in Europe. Site enables you to find career leaders in any offensive category by clicking on the category you are researching.
@rytiriKladno The Kladno Hockey Club: Before coming to the NHL Jagr played for this team in the Czech league as a teenager. Now he owns the team. It’s in Czech but some devices can translate to English. Follow them at:
@HockeyCzech National organization for hockey in the Czech Republic.
@68isgr8 is the twitter for The Traveling Jagrs. Clad in different Jagr jerseys and hair styles from 68’s career, they gained league-wide recognition when they caught Jagr’s attention during a pre-game skate of a Dallas Stars game in Canada during the 2012-2013 season. Since then, they convene at games in Western Canada and make a road trip or two every year, playing street hockey with locals, posing for hundreds of pictures, and having a good time with fans while honoring an all-time NHL legend.
Ray Haluska aka Kladno Jagr, curator of the Jagr-O-Meter