Jagr returns from retirement to play for Czechs at worlds

PRAGUE (AP) Star forward Jaromir Jagr is coming out of international retirement to play for the Czech Republic at the upcoming world championship in his native country.

Czech Republic coach Vladimir Ruzicka announced on Friday that the 43-year-old Jagr will be on the team.

Jagr retired from international ice hockey after last year's worlds in Minsk, Belarus. The Czech team lost 3-0 to Sweden in the bronze medal game.

The veteran has 722 goals and 1,080 assists in his NHL career, which was rejuvenated after he joined the Florida Panthers from the New Jersey Devils in February. He had six goals and 12 assists in 20 games for the Panthers.

The worlds open on May 1.

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