Jagr performs ceremonial faceoff at Global Series in Prague

Who better than the most successful Czech player in NHL history to drop the ceremonial first puck in Prague?

Former NHL forward Jaromir Jagr made an appearance at the 2022 NHL World Series game between the San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators at the O2 Arena on Saturday. It was the second game of the two-game series between the teams.

Jagr, whose 766 NHL goals are fourth on the career list behind only Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe and Alex Ovechkinreceived a warm ovation from the Czech crowd as he took to the ice.

Tweet from @PredsNHL: HI @68JAGR pic.twitter.com/B2xPd7DsCB

The two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Pittsburgh Penguins and 1999 Hart Trophy winner spent 24 seasons in the NHL before retiring in 2018. He also played for the Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins and New Jersey. Devils, Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames.

Since leaving the NHL, he has played for the hockey club he owns in his hometown, HC Kladno in the Czech Republic.

Jagr didn’t fit for a game this year for HC Kladno telling NHL.com he hasn’t had time to practice and is more important to his team as an owner than a player right now.

In classic Jagr fashion, he hasn’t totally ruled out playing this season, he just needs to find the time.

Berta D. Wells