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Jaromir Jagr is still scoring goals at age 47

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Jaromir Jagr can’t quit playing hockey, and we’re all better off for it.

After saying years ago he’d like to play beyond 50, Jagr can’t stay away from the ice. After returning to Rytiri Kladno, his hometown club that he owns, in 2018 after injuries ended his time with the Calgary Flames, the future Hall of Famer tried to get healthy but managed only 27 total games in a year as he helped the team get promoted from the Czech second division, which included a four-goal game.

An injury kept him out of the lineup early this season, Kladno’s first in the Czech Extraliga since 2014, but on Friday the 47-year-old (!) Jagr was back in action. Playing over 22 minutes, the fifth overall pick in the 1990 (!!) NHL Draft scored a goal during a 7-4 loss to HC Energie Karlovy Vary.

Kladno is winless through three games early in the season.

As for Jagr, the stories of his dedication to training are legendary, which makes the fact he’s playing so late in his 40s not entirely a surprise. Hockey is his life, as he told Sportnet’s Kristina Rutherford in 2015.

“The time between when I quit hockey and I die, I want it to be the shortest,” Jagr said. “It’s not going to be as exciting, that time. So as long as I can play, that’s what I’m doing. If I can play ’til I die, that’s what I will do. What else are you gonna do? Even if you retire, you will still have to go work out, and maybe harder than you do when you play hockey because you don’t want to look ugly and fat. At least I don’t want to.”

Stick-tap Derek O’Brien

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

National Women’s Hockey League sells Pride to private owner

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BOSTON (AP) — Miles Arnone and a group of investors have purchased the Boston Pride from the National Women’s Hockey League, making it the only club with a private owner.

The NWHL announced the sale of the Pride on Tuesday. The Buffalo Beauts previously were the only team with a private owner until Terry and Kim Pegula sold it back to the league in May.

The NWHL hired a firm to help find owners for all five of its teams, which had been league-owned and managed. Commissioner Dany Rylan believes having a private owner committed to a team helps boost local marketing and sales.

The fifth NWHL season begins in October. The Canadian Women’s Hockey League ceased operations in the spring.

Dozens of top players have pledged not to compete in North America this season with the goal of establishing a single, economically viable professional league.

Golden Knights’ Mark Stone goes for NASCAR ride-along in Las Vegas

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As the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs rolled into Las Vegas on Sunday, Golden Knights forward Mark Stone had the opportunity to ride-along with driving great Jeff Burton on Sunday. As the video above shows the two took to Las Vegas Motor Speedway so that Stone could experience what the drivers go through every week.

“Total respect for what these guys do,” Stone said via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Can’t imagine going 400 miles like that.”

Martin Truex Jr. won the playoff opener for his fifth victory of the year.

For more on the playoffs, check out the NASCAR on NBC coverage.

You can catch the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

MORE: Results, points after Cup playoff opener in Las Vegas

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

PHT Morning Skate: Hockey in Puerto Rico; No load management for Matthews

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Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.com.

• Team Jamaica is one step closer to qualifying for the Olympics. (NHL.com)

• The Wisconsin Badgers hockey team has a few family connections this season. (Montreal Gazette)

• Here’s a story about how hockey has evolved in Puerto Rico. (The Hockey News)

• How did a home owner and potential buyer finalize a sale price for a house? With a shootout of course. (BNN Bloomberg)

• Sportsnet unveiled the second portion of their top 50 NHL players. (Sportsnet)

• The NHL hasn’t done a great job of marketing its product heading into the 2019-20 season. (Vancourier)

Auston Matthews isn’t interested in load management. He wants to make sure he gets more ice time. (TSN)

• ESPN looks at some of the restricted free agents that might hold out next summer. (ESPN)

Zdeno Chara might not be ready for the Bruins’ regular-season opener. (NBC Sports Boston)

• Check out this breakdown of the Minnesota Wild’s current cap situation. (Hockey Wilderness)

Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.

PHT Morning Skate: NHL only option for Rantanen; Coyne Schofield back in broadcast booth

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Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.com.

• Restricted free agent Mikko Rantanen says the NHL is his only option this season. (NHL.com)

• Like seemingly every other player asked about teammates without new contracts, Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews is focused on improving game, not Marner’s contract. (Sportsnet)

• The Top 50 NHL players, as decided upon by NHL 20. (Screen Rant)

Sidney Crosby‘s jersey was the biggest seller last season. (Montreal Gazette)

• For the first time in decades, both the NHL and the NHLPA aren’t headed toward mutual destruction. (The Hockey News)

• NHL replaces partner in player, puck tracking. (ESPN)

Mitch Marner‘s contract status looms large over Leafs as camp nears. (CBC.ca)

• Kendall Coyne Schofield will join the San Jose Sharks TV broadcast team this season. (NHL.com)

• Sharks’ Evander Kane reflects on ‘thrilling’ Game 7 win over Vegas. (NBC Sports Bay Area)

• Nugent-Hopkins on Puljujarvi: ‘It’s too bad to see it going down this path’. (Sportsnet)

• Why the NHL’s ‘no soap operas’ ad totally misses the point. (FTW)

MORE:
• ProHockeyTalk’s 2019 NHL free agency tracker
• Your 2019-20 NHL on NBC TV schedule


Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck