Four New Jersey Devils players will be competing at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, including 41-year-old Jaromir Jagr who will make his fifth appearance with the Czech Republic tomorrow when they face off against Sweden.
Jagr will become the eighth Olympian to reach the milestone with his native country, joining Raimo Helminen,Teemu Selanne and Jere Lehtinen who did so with Finland, Dieter Hegen and Udo Kiessling from Germany, Denis Perez (Fra.),and Petter Thorenseon (Nor.) who have all competed at least five times
Right behind Jagr is Devils teammate Patrik Elias who will be representing the Czech Republic for the fourth time, while Marek Zidlicky is playing in his third Winter Games.
Of the three Devils competing for the Czech Republic, only Jagr has won a Gold Medal for his country as a member of the 1998 team.
Also competing in Sochi will be Devils' winger Damien Brunner who was named to the Swiss team and will square off tomorrow against Latvia. Unlike his Czech teammates, this will be the first time Brunner will participate at the Olympics.
Brunner missed 14 games between December and January after suffering a knee injury on Dec. 20. In his first season with New Jersey, the former Red Wing has nine goals and eight assists. Hewas scoreless in his last four games heading into the Olympic break.
Each of the four Devils have played significant role's for New Jersey this season and their services will be needed more than ever down the stretch after the Olympic break. All the Devils can hope for now, is a healthy and safe return of their three top-scorers and be thankful that Cory Schneider was beat out by three American goalies to play for the U.S. men's team.