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Jaromir Jagr is Still Alive

Posted on 21. Feb, 2010 by FSM Staff in General Sports, NHL

Jaromir Jagr is Still Alive

Jaromir Jagr is still alive and has recently been spotted in Vancouver at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. His hair is long again (whether or not he has a mullet is debatable) and he is skating around with a hockey stick doing a pretty darn good Jaromir Jagr impersonation (the 1990s Pittsburgh Penguins version). Though it has been two years since Jagr played in an NHL game (he currently plays professionally in Russia), he reminded North American fans of his relevance to the game with his participation on the Czech Republic’s national team (the use of parentheses has been abused in this introductory paragraph and will be suspended for the remainder of this article).

At the tender age of 38, Jaromir Jagr showed the world just how much gas he has left in his tank. Tied 1-1 in a match against Slovakia at the Winter Olympics, Jagr took complete control of the game and willed his country to a 3-1 victory in which he scored the go-ahead goal. Perhaps a small moral victory for Jagr and the Czech Republic, but a huge victory for hockey fans in North America who have not seen the living legend play in two years.

It is always surprising to hear people make negative comments about the Olympic Games (both summer and winter, doh!). They fixate on certain events being “stupid” or “boring” and miss the point of the games entirely. They do not allow themselves to be consumed by the spirit of competition and cannot recognize the unifying power of sport. What a treat it must be for young hockey fans to have the opportunity to witness greats from around the world like Jagr, Sergei Fedorov, and Peter Forsberg all play in the same tournament. For many young fans, this will be their first time seeing these legends play in real time. Thank you Olympic Games.     

Jaromir Jagr’s future in the sport of hockey is uncertain. His contract with his current team in Russia expires soon and he has not committed to any future plans. Should he want to return to the NHL there is a very strong possibility that someone will give him work. Whether it is to sell some extra tickets or to put a contender over the top, Jaromir Jagr is as alive and able as he was fifteen years ago.

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