Jaromir Jagr rolled the United States men's hockey team up and threw them in the garbage today, scoring a hat trick to boost the Czech Republic over the U.S. at the 2011 World Championships. It's the end of the road for the Americans in the tournament, while Jagr's bunch lives for another day.
But this isn't just an ex-NHL player having a good game. It's Jaromir Jagr and he looks just as good as ever, and there are very strong rumors that Jagr, who hasn't played in the NHL since 2008, is looking to return to North America at age 39.
Is it possible, and could he return with the club who gave him his start, the Pittsburgh Penguins?
Jaromir Jagr is without a contract to play hockey next season.
However, the Penguins -- seemingly the team still closest to his heart -- are planning to extend an offer that could be the first step on a path toward the grandest homecoming by a professional athlete in Pittsburgh since quarterback Terry Bradshaw symbolically rejoined the Steelers family in 2002.
The Penguins plan to invite Jagr to their annual summer alumni golf outing, which will serve as a reunion for members of the 1991 Stanley Cup championship club. He started that season as an 18-year-old rookie and scored 27 regular-season goals before adding 13 points in the playoffs.
And that's it. There are a lot of people trying to connect this news with Jagr coming back to play for the Penguins, but that would be premature. Jagr's return to the NHL could very well happen with Pittsburgh or another team, but for now, it's still just a dream. (Okay, an awesome dream.)