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Jaromir Jagr calls it an international career after Czechs fall in Worlds

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

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Jaromir Jagr is not done as a hockey player. He hasn't expressed much interest in retiring and has already signed on for another season with the New Jersey Devils.

However on Sunday he did play his final game in one area: international competition. After playing in the bronze medal game for the Czech Republic at the IIHF World Championships (a game won by Sweden), Jagr called it a career for his nation's team.

Well that's a shame. Here we were holding out hope that the NHL would return to the Olympics in 2018 and Jagr would still be leading the Czechs.

It has been quite the international career for Jagr. He has been dressing in the Czech national uniform since 1988-89 when the country was still Czechoslovakia. He played in the Olympics five times, winning a gold in 1998 and bronze in 2006. This was also the eighth time he played for the Czechs at the Worlds in addition to playing in the World Juniors (where he had 18 points in 7 games in 1989-90) and the World Cup.

Though the Czechs fell short of a medal, Jagr is still going out on top in a way. He led the team with eight points (four goals, four assists) in 10 tournament games. Now he turns over the national squad to Tomas Hertl, Jakub Voracek and the future of Czech hockey.

 
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