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09-10-2004, 01:31 AM
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Understand that this is not new news.

Jagr was balking at playing in the World Cup all summer.

It was never Jagr's intention to play for the National Team. He openly resisted until the last minute. In fact, he had a thigh injury which prevented him from playing in his own "Team Jagr" All-Star troupe (soccer, volleyball exhibitions by famous athletes).

It was Ivan Hlinka who twisted JJ's arm to participate mere hours before Ivan was killed by that truck.

They were at a Czech sports awards dinner and Ivan spent some time alone with JJ somewhere around 3 AM discussing the World Cup. It was while driving back to Prague that Hlinka was struck by the truck which failed to negotiate a curve. JJ could no longer say "no".

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