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05-11-2010, 04:52 PM
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Jagr to Czech NHL players: They should be kissing ass of guys like Reichel and Dopita

"Those who didn´t come should be kissing ass of players like Reichel and Dopita"

Q: Do you think that the Czech players in the NHL wouldn´t be there without players from previous generation?
Jágr: "Those that decline comming to the WHC should realize this. That Reichel, Výborný, Patera, Procházka, Ručinský have been winning championships and made Czech hockey famous. Thanks to them these young players made it to the NHL. Hardly would someone choose a Czech player if we hadn´t been winning the WHC. Too bad that today´s players have forgotten it. They should be opening the doors to others now. But for that everyone of them has to have a talk with their conscience."

Q: For example in the Russian team, the NHL stars don´t excuse themselves, Ovechkin, Kovalchuk, Datsyuk came to the WHC....Isn´t it the Russian mentality? Are the russians more proud of representing their country?
Jágr: "It´ s not about Czech or Russian nature. Anyone can say whatever they want. Everyone should look at guys like Patera, Procházka, the Kaberle bros, Rucinsky, Vyborny. At how many WHC were those guys....And noone had to talk them into it. Reichel! Dopita! The younger players should kiss the ass of these guys."

LINK for whole interview in Czech

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