Jagr headlines Czech Olympic squad
(SportsNetwork.com) - New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr will be participating in a fifth Winter Olympics as a member of the Czech Republic's men's hockey team that was announced Monday.
Jagr, whose 694 career goals and 1,722 points each rank eighth in NHL history, helped the Czechs claim the gold medal at the 1998 Nagano games as a 19-year- old and won a bronze at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. The 41-year-old was also part of the Czech squads in both 2002 (Salt Lake City) and 2010 (Vancouver).
The 25-man Czech roster will also include several other established NHL players such as forwards Tomas Plekanec, Patrik Elias, David Krejci, Jakub Voracek and Milan Michalek, defensemen Zbynek Michalek and Ladislav Smid and goaltender Ondrej Pavelec.
Plekanec, who will be taking part in his second Olympic Games, was named team captain.
Jagr will not be the only graybeard on the Czech team, with 42-year-old Petr Nedved also making the cut. Nedved last played in the NHL in 2006-07 with the Edmonton Oilers.
Other current NHL players who will representing the Czechs include forwards Michael Frolik, Martin Hanzal, Ales Hemsky, Ondrej Palat and Vladimir Sobotka and defensemen Radko Gudas, Jakub Kindl, Michal Rozsival and Marek Zidlicky.
01/06 16:54:32 ET