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Former NHL star Jaromir Jagr and his Czech Extraliga Knights of Kladno put the needs of others above all else.
Jagr announced on Friday that the Knights of Kladno, the team he owns, will move their final regular season home game against HC Sparta Praha to the O2 Arena in Prague, with proceeds from ticket sales benefitting the Ukrainian families who fled to the Czech Republic amid Russia’s invasion, according to ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski.
The Knights of Kladno Arena can seat only around 5,200 people, while the O2 Arena can seat over 18,000.
Jagr announced on Thursday that he wanted to move the team’s final home game to a bigger venue for the benefit of Ukrainian families. According to Wyshynski, he polled fans on Facebook to get an idea of how many people would still attend the game if it was moved.
He confirmed the move in another message on Friday.
“I am very happy to confirm that everything was successful even in such a short time. Now our only wish is to sell the O2 arena. Buy a ticket and help these Ukrainian families in the Czech Republic!” Jagr wrote on Facebook.
Jagr, 50, played the last five seasons of his career for Kladno after a historic NHL career that saw him play for nine franchises in 24 seasons. The fifth overall pick in 1990 was a two-time Stanley Cup champion and eight-time All-Star. He had 1,921 points (766 goals, 1,155 assists) in 1,733 games.