Former Washington Capitals forward and NHL legend Jaromir Jagr said he was unharmed after being involved in a car accident in Prague.
Jagr took to social media on Wednesday to describe the incident in which his car collided with a tram in his home country.
“Dear fans… I would just like to tell you briefly what happened today when I was involved in the accident. It was my fault,” Jagr wrote on Instagram. “On Plzeňská, I tried to cross from one direction to another. I checked the other side and drove into it at the right time. But there was a lot of traffic, and I didn’t have time to react to the tram, which was going high speed in the same direction as me. I noticed it half a meter in front of me at the last minute.”
The car suffered significant damage to the right side, but Jagr said he didn’t suffer any injuries in the accident. Those on the tram were also safe, and emergency vehicles responded to the scene.
“I thought it was my end… thank God!” Jagr said, adding, “Despite what it looked like, I climbed out without injury. But most importantly, nothing happened to the passengers on the tram.
“I thank everyone for their understanding and also for their help to those who intervened on the spot.”
Jagr, 50, is still playing in the Czech league with HC Kladno, the same club he owns. In 43 games this past season, Jagr dished eight goals and 11 assists. Over 1,733 NHL games, Jagr dished 766 goals, 1,155 assists and 1,921 total points. His 766 goals are the fourth-most of all time and the second among European players.
After Alex Ovechkin passed him on the NHL’s all-time goals list this past season, No. 68 passed along his congrats but also sent a message teasing — or perhaps not teasing — at a comeback.
“Alex, the Great 8, congratulations,” Jagr said. “Now, you’ve become the leading NHL goal scorer among European players. But keep scoring, keep scoring. Because as you know, I didn’t retire from hockey yet, and there’s a chance I might come back to the NHL and start chasing you!”