NHL legend Jaromir Jagr moves Czech game to raise money for Ukraine refugees

Jaromir Jagr, 50, has played for Kladno for the past five seasons since he left the NHL after the 2017-18 seasons.

Jaromir Jagr
Jaromir Jagr

Jaromir Jagr, the third-highest goal-scorer in National Hockey League (NHL) history, said Kladno will move its final regular-season game to O2 Arena in Prague on Tuesday. Notably, he took this decision for the team he owns in the Czech Extraliga, to raise money for refugees from Ukraine who have fled to the Czech Republic.

Jagr took to social media and posted on Facebook on Thursday that he wanted to move the game against Sparta. The match will now be relocated from the team’s home arena to the larger O2 Arena, which can hold approximately 18,000.

Kladno has been playing their home games at the Rocknet Arena in Chomutov, the Czech Republic, which has a capacity of 5,250. Moreover, they have not played even a single match this season at their regular home arena, Zimni Stadion, which is being renovated and should be ready ahead of the next season. It has a decent capacity of 5,500.

“Buy a ticket and help those Ukrainian families in the Czech Republic” 

The legendary ice hockey star also asked for people to show their support for the move, before announcing on Friday the change would take place.

We would dedicate the proceeds from the entrance fee to Ukrainian families,” he wrote. “I would like to make this happen in the O2 Arena, because it is a popular and modern arena, where a large number of people can come to help. I would like your opinion if you would come to the match and help us in this way those who need it the most at this time.”

On Friday, Jagr wrote, “I am very happy to confirm that everything was successful even in such a short time. Now our only wish is to sell out the O2 Arena. Buy a ticket and help those Ukrainian families in the Czech Republic!”

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