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Jaromír Jágr to take over Kladno management

ČTK |
14 February 2011

Kladno, Central Bohemia, Feb 12 (CTK) - Czech ice-hockey star Jaromir Jagr will take over the Czech Elite League team Kladno's management from his father as from the next season, but this does not automatically mean his return to Kladno as a player, he told daily Mlada fronta Dnes's (MfD) server Saturday.

In Saturday's issue of the daily, Jagr's father said his son will return to his home town Kladno to manage the local team and also play for it.

The hockey forward, who will turn 39 on Tuesday, has played for Russia's Avangard Omsk since his departure from NHL three years ago. His contract with Omsk expires this summer.

He told MfD that he may stay with Omsk or return to NHL. If so, he would manage Kladno at a distance.

Last summer, Jagr said he would return to his mother team Kladno in two years.

He said Saturday he has decided to take over Kladno management as of the next season and replace his father as the club president.

"I'm ready to do so. My father has led the club for 17 years, with the town's help, which is a huge period of time. I want to boost the club, I'd like to start with the youth," Jagr said.

"We'll manage it after the season ends. Jaromir knows about it," Jaromir Jagr Sr told MfD.

"I'm seventy, it is no fun. It is humiliating and sad for me to see how the town approaches something I've been building and creating for 17 years," Jagr Sr said.

In the October 2010 local elections, Jagr Sr ran for the Choice for Kladno party that ended in opposition. That is why, he says, the town's subsidy to the Kladno hockey team has declined, he says.

His son's arrival could improve the situation. Jagr Jr, an Olympic winner from Nagano and twice Stanley Cup winner [as part of the Pittsburgh team], annually supports the Kladno club with a few millions of crowns, MfD writes.

Now, three rounds ahead of the end of the end of the regular season, Kladno figures in the 13th, last but one position in Czech Elite League standings. With five points more than the last Mlada Boleslav, it is struggling to avert relegation.

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