finally got around to reading this. thanks for sharing. found this part interesting:
When I asked a few of the Czech fans at that game where Jágr fits on a list of Czech national heroes, they rank him third—after Václav Havel, the poet, politician, and dissident who was instrumental in the overthrow of communism, and Švejk, the subversive fictional hero of Jaroslav Hašek’s beloved anti-war novel The Good Soldier Švejk.
i ain't no expert on Czech cultural heritage but beating out the likes of Milan Kundera, Jiří Menzel, Miloš Forman and Jaroslav Seifert is quite impressive.