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KLADNO–Jaromir Jagr expects to play his first game anywhere in more than a month today as Kladno plays Venice in a game moved to a larger arena in Liberic to accommodate a larger crowd wanting to see the Czech legend play. A sellout of 7,500 is expected and Petr Nedved, retired since then end of the 2013-14 season will play for Venice.
Jagr’s exit from the Calgary Flames and the NHL is being treated as the end of an era by many in North America. His return to the Czech pro hockey circuit set off a frenzy of joy in is home country as it has been anticipated for years with salivation and hope by the hockey crazy fans in the landlocked Czech Republic. In recent years many Czechs planned trips to North America to see Jagr play in the NHL.
The injured Jagr came to Kladno after he passed through waivers in the NHL after being assigned to the Czech team by the Calgary Flames, who can recall Jagr through the end of Jagr’s contact which was a one-year deal signed in October, 2017. Jagr was limited to 22 of the Flames 49 games, shuffling in and out of the lineup since tweaking is right knee in a November game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Why would no team claim a legend? Roster spots in the NHL must be occupied by players healthy enough to play and that factors into no team claiming during the 24-hour waiver period.
In a whirlwind week Jagr traveled to Prague from Calgary, signed documents allowing him to play for Kladno before the deadline, received treatment on his injured right knee (which has suffered some ligament damage) and held a press conference outlining his injuries, his goal to get Kladno back into the top-level extraliga while cautioning fans his participation in games may be limited to a few shifts a game while rehabbing his knee continues.
Multiple stories have appeared daily in Czech media throughout the week and should continue daily through the end of the season. These will be linked here at Jagrometer.com and require translation which is a feature offered on many browsers including google chrome and bing.
In Denik Sport one player talks about the prospects of playing Jagr and the added attraction of Nedved playing in the game.
The coach of Venice previews the game.
How much will Jagr play? Circumstances may change once the puck drops but Jagr cautioned fans that for the first few games he may be limited to only a shift or two as he tries to rehab his right knee while trying to practice and play games following treatment to his knee. Jagr and his overloaded baggage cart with Calgary Flames equipment baags arrived Wednesday in the Czech Republic.
The goal for Jagr’s next few weeks will take several steps. Teams in the first league play two games per week. Teams in the league hope to finish high enough in the standings to qualify for the playoffs and a chance to be one of two teams promoted to the higher level Extraliga (where two bottom feeders hope to avoid demotion to the WSM, or first league.
The Czech professional hockey system allows a player to be a member of teams in both leagues. During the week Jagr announced when time permits he’ll play for Trinec, about 400 km (240 miles) from Kladno. This presents a big of a logistical problem that may be solved by helicopter.
Want to get some Kladno jersey and other team items? This website from the team site translates to English and also converts Czech crowns into dollars. A crown is worth about 5-6 cents.
Kladno will be Jagr’s priority but he’ll also play for top division team Trinec as schedule permits. There are a few players that do double duty appear on rosters of teams in different levels of the Czech pro league.
Fanshop for trinec in the event they start selling Jagr jerseys in the coming weeks.
Explanation of the playoff format for the Czech professional league and the path Kladno will have to take to earn a spot in the extraliga for next season can be accessed through this link prepared by jagrometer.com.
Meanwhile, back in the USA, a few members of the San Jose Sharks organization float the idea of letting Jagr play in the 2019 NHL All Star game which will be played in their city next season.
Finally another obligatory end of Jagr in the NHL story from a Boston writer. Most of it’s accurate. The jagrometer.com policy is not to make any declarations about the events of earlier in the week being the end because interest could be rekindled if Jagr successfully rehabs his injured knee.
The latest Jagr-O-Meter. A new Kladno version will debut later this week.
A message for our Czech readers.
In recent years Czech fans, either visiting from Europe or USA-based, have been seen wearing the #68 Czech national team jersey, wearing wigs like the Travelling Jagrs and waving the Czech flag. Most arenas will allow the flag if you wear it as a cape. Please visit the USA or Canada this year and feel free to write to me for advice on planning your trip. Air BnB is popular for those trying to get the most of their travel budget. Most NHL cities have other interesting things to visit to supplement your vacation to the USA and Canada with enriching experiences.
Assorted Jagr-related links:
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nhl.com and @nhl on twitter are two great options. Sign up for your favorite teams and get regular reports with them.
nhl.tv is the official page for the subcription service offered by the nhl. Never miss a Jagr game!
Canadian hockey outlets include
American hockey outlets include
Calgary Flames Website:
Some Jagr-related social media accounts:
@68Jagr on twitter. 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. With 700,000+ followers, he doesn’t monitor the page that closely or answer messages, so don’t be offended.
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.
@NHLFlames is the official twitter of the Calgary Flames.
@EricFrancis writes for the @Calgaryherald.
@DidJagrPlay–Fan updates this post which monitors Jagr’s games played as he chases Gordie Howe’s all time games played record.
The following Flames Bloggers should have some Jagr content this season:
@Zdenek_Janda Czech reporter who covers the NHL and reports on other news for the people of the Czech Republic, sometimes from the USA.
@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. Smid now covers international affairs but has remained friends with Jagr through the years. A good follow for his international news. The book is till available on Amazon and ebay, tells the early story of Jagr’s life and career through 1996. Comes with a nice replica autograph inside so don’t be fooled by claims that the book is hand-signed by Jagr unless there’s a second, smaller signature somewhere.
@NHLHistoryGirl This hockey lover shares interesting informational tidbits about hockey and the NHL in general from scholarly research on hockey. She gets an A+ and First Star from us. 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.
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.
@hokej.cz is another Czech hockey site
@deniksport very interested in Jagr and have several reporters who file stories on the Legend.
Tomas Pokorny is a Czech hockey reporter and worth a twitter follow: @topicek
TRAVELLING JAGRS links
@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. This is the official site for the group but is the personal twitter for Dallas Stars Jagr, aka Trevor Freeman
Speaking of pictures or any other inquiries–write to the Travelling Jagrs directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The group also has a website: http://www.travellingjagrs.com. Follow them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/695821573799933/
Ray Haluska aka Kladno Jagr, curator of the Jagr-O-Meter
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