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Ice hockey legend Jagr ready for NHL restart, at 50

PRAGUE (AFP) – Two-time Stanley Cup winner Jaromir Jagr, who left the NHL in 2018, said he was ready to rejoin the competition at 50, despite putting on a few extra kilogrammes.

“NHL general managers – I am also a free agent, once again,” the forward said in a mock tweet late on Wednesday as the northern American competition opened its market for players without contracts.

“6 foot 3 (192 centimetres), 265 (120 kilogrammes), 50 years old, slow, but strong and good hands,” Jagr added.

“Can bring experience and like to play only home games. Call me anytime,” read the tweet.

Jagr spent last season as a right wing with Czech top league strugglers Kladno, a club he owns.

The NHL’s fourth most prolific scorer ever with 766 goals, Jagr won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and 1992.

He has since played for eight other NHL clubs, as well as for the Avangard Omsk in the Russian KHL league in 2008-2011.