Jagr will turn 50 on Feb. 15, 2022. The right-winger started his professional hockey career back in 1988 and has been playing ever since.
Currently, he is playing his 34th season this year at 49 and is a part owner in his hometown Czech team. "Do you know why I'm still playing?" Jagr said in an interview. "I have a responsibility to the club, otherwise I wouldn't fly here and I wouldn't be making a fool of myself. But if I quit, the partners and sponsors would leave and the club may be done. I have no choice. People don't understand it, but I don't care. Only God will judge me. I expect much more from myself, and I also believe that I have it in me. It's not easy anymore, believe me," Jagr said.
"Because mostly during my career, I felt that if I wanted to score a goal, I would score. But suddenly, this doesn't work. At the same time, people still expect it from me, and that's probably the worst feeling, when people think I can but I know I can't. Plus, I can't even tell them. I just know that I will do my best to help the club."
"I don't know if anyone can understand my role. I don't even want to be in such a position, but I have no choice. As long as my father breathes, I take the club as my responsibility. He held it for 20 years. As a son, I would be embarrassed if I left." Jagr admits he feels it's his responsibility to the fans and the club to keep playing, even if age is catching up with him.