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"That was my last game for the Czech Republic. I'll be back to play in the NHL next year, but I won't play for my country again."
-Jaromir Jagr after losing to Sweden in the bronze medal game at the World Championship.
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
One of the keys to the USA's unbeaten record heading into Wednesday's quarterfinal game against the Czech Republic has been its devilish playing style. The players are playing like the fire down below.
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Centers David Backes and Ryan Kesler have been monstrous forces. U.S. coach Dan Bylsma wanted this team to be hard to play against, and Backes and Kesler have stormed around the ice like human tornadoes.
On one shift against Russia, Backes rubbed out Evgeni Malkin and Ovechkin with clean legal hits.
Bear wrestling seems easier than facing Kesler in this tournament. He has hit, bumped or growled at every opponent he has faced in the USA's first three games.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
"I don't get old, man. I am alive. God help me,'' he responded to Larry Lage of The Associated Press in the interview area mixed zone....
Those who have covered Jagr over the years understand there are days when he feels like playing along media-wise and other days when he doesn't. Which is fine, he's earned that right.
This was an "on'' day.
I actually got more fun just standing behind the scrum and watching Jagr play along to the questions.
Question from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet: "Jaromir, what needs to happen for your team to win gold here?"
"We have to probably win at least four more games," said Jagr. "So no big deal."
Question from a Russian reporter: "Jaromir, are you going to score a goal every game?''
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from the CP at the Globe and Mail,
Jaromir Jagr found some new Czech teammates to celebrate a gold medal with.
The veteran forward set up Jakub Klepis just 20 seconds into Sunday’s game and Tomas Vokoun turned aside 35 shots as the Czech Republic captured the IIHF World Hockey Championship with a stunning 2-1 win over Russia.
Jagr expressed concern at the outset of the tournament that the country could be a candidate for relegation because so many NHL players declined an invitation. Not only did the unherladed team go on to win gold, it did so by handing star-studded Russia its first loss in 28 world championship games.
No one could have seen this coming for a Czech hockey program that had seen its men’s national team lose in the quarter-finals of the last four major international tournaments, including the Vancouver Olympics
The game is about to start- CNBC & TSN. Winner of this game meets Team USA on Friday at 3:00pm ET.
As hockey fans, we may be only rooting for for one team.
Is it Team Russia or Team Czech Republic which starts just after 3:00pm ET on NBC &TSN?
“I felt like a soldier in Iraq for the first 20 minutes. Things were coming at me so fast from every direction. It’s different hockey. I’ve got to get used to it again.”
-Jaromir Jagr of Team Czech Republic after defeating Slovakia last night. More on the game and Jagr from John Dellapina at NHL.com.
from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
Contrary to the hype, Jaromir Jagr says he is no longer a superstar.
“No, I don’t feel like that,” Jagr said Friday afternoon when asked if he was still the go-to guy on the Czech Republic team. “The media back home might think that, but I don’t feel like that. It’s important how I feel.”
Jagr has been away from the National Hockey League for two years, departing the New York Rangers and taking his electrifying skill and megawatt personality to Omsk in the Kontinental Hockey League. For the past 21 months, he has been plying his trade in Omsk, Russia, far from the prying eyes of North American hockey fans and media members.
Much has clearly changed during that period. Jagr turns 38 early next week and is now passed over when talk now rages about the best hockey players in the world. It is more than just out of sight, out of mind: Jagr himself doesn’t feel like he should be in that discussion.