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Jaromir Jagr leads his club back to top Czech league at 49


Ex-NHL player Jaromir Jagr plays for Kladno in action against Havirov team during their First Czech Hockey League match, in Havirov, Czech Republic, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. 47-years player returned onto the ice after one year and one day that he couldn’t play due to injury. (Jaroslav Ozana/CTK via AP)


KLADNO, Czech Republic — Jaromir Jagr was celebrating on the ice again Thursday.

The 49-year-old right winger had an assist to help his hometown club Kladno Knights return to the top Czech league by beating Jihlava 5-2 to clinch their playoff series 4-3.

Jagr made his debut for Kladno as a teenager and returned to the club — which he now owns — after the Calgary Flames released the NHL’s second all-time leading point-scorer in 2018.

Jagr played on the top line alongside center Tomas Plekanec, another former NHL player, and scored one goal during the best-of-seven series, in which Kladno was 2-0 and 3-2 down. He played 19 games this season, scoring two goals and adding 10 assists.

Some 250 fans who were allowed in the stands amid coronavirus restrictions and could celebrate a return to the top flight after a year in the second division.