Saturday, February 12, 2011

Jágr to return to Kladno?

Jágr playing for Kladno during the
2004-05 season. Photo:
According to his father, Jaromír Jágr will return to his hometown where he will manage and play for the local Extraliga club, Vagnerplast Kladno.

Jaromír Jágr Sr., who is the president of the Kladno club, said that last summer his son promised to return to home to play for the team and take over for his father within two years. After this season, his contract with KHL club Avangard Omsk expires.

"We're going to do it, after the season is finished," the elder Jágr told newspaper Mladá Fronta Dnes, "Jaromir knows about it. I'm 70, it's not fun."

Not everyone is convinced it will happen, however. Martin Straka, who co-owns, manages, and plays for HC Plzeň 1929 commented, "It would be great if such a person came into the league. But I think it is still science fiction."

Jágr, who turns 39 on Tuesday, played for Kladno before entering the NHL as an 18 year old in 1990, and also played with them briefly during the labour stoppages of 1994-95 and 2004-05. He has played in the KHL since 2008.

Vagnerplast Kladno currently sits in 13th place in the 14-team Extraliga. With 3 games remaining on the schedule, they lead last place BK Mladá Boleslav by 5 points, meaning it's likely, but not guaranteed, that they will avoid a play-out series, which could relegate them to the First League.

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