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Jagr ties up with hockey

February 26 2006

When known, "promoted" a man says goodbye to the exercise, which brought him fame and money, the fans some time posokrushayutsya, and then get used. However, when leaving this luminary of the business, get used to it too long, and sorry about his care for decades. After the victory for the Czech team of the match for third place at the Olympics in Turin on his retirement from hockey declared the best Czech striker of the last decade, one of the best artists in the history of hockey Jaromir Jagr.

Over the past 15 years, Jagr was not simply the personification of Czech hockey. Indeed, with his direct participation of the Czech national team won in 1998 only one in its history, "gold" Olympic Games. The extra weight that attaches to the fact that it was the first Olympic tournament with the participation of NHL stars, because these games will always stand apart. Moreover, thanks to its excellent game as a team, and in the National Hockey League, Jagr for many has become the personification of the Czech Republic as a whole.

Press conference Jagr, in which he announced his retirement, was an absolute highlight of the day in the Czech Republic. Interviews Jagr Czech media, taken from the site of a popular newspaper Mlada Front DNES, we offer you.

He went out to reporters after a match for the bronze against the Russian team with a very serious person. Spoke very quietly.

You have at least a little happy "bronze"?

We had no choice. Play "for the bronze" - so much for the bronze medal.

Could your condition affect fatigue after a long journey across the ocean?

I would not say that tired. Fatigue is a lot faster when you win. And when it fails, it gnaws at you, and you feel like a squeezed lemon. As for the Olympic tournament, that here it was on top form for a short period of time polutoranedelnom.

How did you feel during the tournament?

Not very nice, but come - come. I tried to show everything that is capable of.

How will the flight to Europe to play for your club (the New York Rangers - Ed.)?

It is - quite a different story. We came here as a team, won the bronze medal. Regret nothing.

Are you disappointed?

Am I disappointed? Ended on one stage - the Olympics, and now I will try to bring the Rangers into a series of playoffs. While the season develops well.

The atmosphere in the national team was different than at the World Championships in Vienna the previous year (if the Czechs are world champions - Ed.)? The team had problems?

I do not want to answer this question. We have a bronze, and this is important. For me it's 90% was the last game. As yet for a number of players.

At the Olympics or in general for the national team?

In general. Several other people also leave the team.

Is there any chance to see you in four years in Vancouver?

Definitely not.

You only 34 years old. Is it too early to leave the team?

I think not. It is time to leave - at least, I feel.

This will happen because of your health?

No, not so. But I was very hard. How would I describe it? I'm crazy tired.When the count on you a lot of people, and you know that you can not reciprocate. It's awful, it depresses me.

This is because the weight of responsibility that falls on you in the team?

I would say that some players at my age has already ended his career. Now is the time to leave and make way for the young. I'll play a couple of years in the NHL.

Who can be your successor in the team?

Hard to say. Perhaps Martin Gavlat may Erath Martin, who played great at the Olympics. Perhaps Rostislav Olesha ...

You said that he would leave at 90%. What do the remaining 10%?

There is a chance that I would return, would be played in the Czech Republic or somewhere else in Europe. But not after this season.

What memories do you stay on the team?

The greatest victory - in Nagano (in 1998, the Czechs became Olympic champions - Ed.), But the atmosphere was the best year ago Vienna. That is, in general, and all ....


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