Whereas NHL participation within the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics has but to be decided, one in all its greatest stars of all-time has dedicated to be the face of ice hockey at that occasion: Jaromir Jagr.
The 46-year-old legend, who’s second to Wayne Gretzky in NHL profession factors (1,921), has signed on because the official hockey ambassador for the 2022 Games. The announcement was made after a gathering between Czech Republic President Miloš Zeman and Solar Chunlan, vice-premier of the Chinese language State Council, earlier this week.
“Jaromir Jagr would be the face of the Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022, and can assist in the preparation and growth of Chinese language hockey,” mentioned a press release launched after the assembly.
Jagr has participated in 5 Winter Olympics and helped the Czechs win gold 20 years in the past in Nagano, the primary Olympics to function NHL gamers. The NHL forbade its gamers from collaborating within the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea after negotiations with the IOC and IIHF did not produce a extra favorable deal for the league’s homeowners, who’ve soured on the notion of shutting down their common season for Olympic participation.
In accordance to Inside The Games, Jagr’s cope with China comes one yr after a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Czech Ice Hockey Affiliation and China, aiming to improve participation in youth hockey applications and create buzz for the hockey match within the Czech Republic.
The transfer is one other high-profile partnership for China when it comes to hockey. Not too long ago, Gretzky was named as international ambassador for Beijing’s Kunlun Crimson Star hockey program.
Jagr’s partnership is not seemingly to quiet hypothesis that the legendary proper wing may find yourself enjoying in China. His final NHL recreation was on Dec. 31, 2017, with the Calgary Flames. He returned to Kladno within the Czech league, a workforce he owns, solely to have his season undercut by accidents. He is been working towards with that workforce and dealing again into form. Whether or not that would finally imply a return to the KHL has been speculated — there was curiosity from the Kunlun Crimson Star of the KHL again in 2017 about signing Jagr.
There is definitely cash to be had there: Huawei, a Chinese language producer of smartphones, has made Jagr the centerpiece of their advertising and marketing marketing campaign for the previous three years.