The Calgary Flames have reassigned forward Jaromir Jagr to HC Kladno in the Czech Republic, the club announced Monday.
This appears to put an end to the 45-year-old’s NHL career, which has cemented him in the history books as one of the best to ever lace the skates.
“I want to thank [general manager] Brad Treliving and the Calgary Flames for giving me the immense opportunity to be a part of their team and continue my NHL career this season,” Jagr said. “Although I am very disappointed that things did not turn out as we had hoped due to a number of circumstances, I am deeply grateful to the Flames, the fans and the city of Calgary for having welcomed me so generously. I now look forward to continuing the season in Kladno.”
Jagr had a goal and six assists in 22 games with the Flames this season. He signed a one-year deal worth $1 million, but he hasn’t played since December 31 due to a lower body injury.
Jagr was waived by the Flames on Sunday and cleared waivers on Monday, at which point Calgary made the decision to reassign him to Kladno. He has been the majority owner of the Czech franchise since 2011.
Jagr has skated in 1,733 NHL games in his career, trailing Gordie Howe by just 34 games on the all-time list. He sits in third place, just behind Mark Messier’s 1,756 games.
Jagr is second all-time in points with 1,921, third all-time in goals with 766, and fifth all-time in assists with 1,155. He leads in all-time game-winning goals with 135.
Jagr won the Stanley Cup twice with the Pittsburgh Penguins, won the Hart Trophy in 1999, snagged the Art Ross Trophy five times, and picked up the Bill Masterton Trophy in 2016. He’s had five 100-point seasons and is a 10-time All-Star.
“He’s a legend in the game and a guy I looked up to my whole life,” Flames centre Sean Monahan said. “Still do. Having him here and getting to know him and learn from him was pretty special.”
Jagr is obviously no stranger to hockey in the Czech Republic, either. He is a five-time Olympian with his native squad and won a gold medal in 1998, plus he’s a member of the Triple Gold Club with Olympic gold, IIHF gold and Stanley Cup honours on his resume.