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Rangers star played hurt as Czechs won

PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- New York Rangers star Jaromir Jagr
had surgery on his left pinkie, which was broken last month during
the world championship in Austria.

He underwent a 45-minute operation Wednesday in a Prague
hospital, Marian Jelinek, Jagr's personal coach, said Thursday. The
33-year-old forward was expected to leave the hospital Thursday or
Friday, Jelinek added.

Jagr pulled out of the worlds May 3 because of pain in the
finger. Doctors in Brno, Czech Republic, splinted the finger the
next day, and Jagr returned to the tournament and won his first
world title. He became the 15th player to win the Stanley Cup and Olympic and world titles.

Jagr recently signed a one-year contract to play for Russia's
Avangard Omsk, but only if the NHL lockout continues.