Jaromir Jagr will play his 30th season of professional hockey in the 2018-19 campaign for the Czech Republic’s Kladno Knights, he confirmed to the team’s website Tuesday according to Greg Wyshynski of ESPN.com.
Jagr currently serves as both the co-owner and team president for the Knights, who play in the WSM Liga.
Jagr played 24 seasons in the NHL and is second all-time to Wayne Gretzky in career points (1,921) and third overall in goals (766). He played six more pro seasons overseas, in the Czech Republic and the Russian Kontinental Hockey League.
There were reports in the Czech media that a German team was pursuing Jagr.
Jagr hasn’t ruled out the chance to someday return to the NHL. “I would be happier if I was in the NHL now, but as a second option, this is the place I want to be,” he told The New York Times in April.