Consider Pavel Patera amongst the luckiest people in the Czech Republic.

Six seasons into his captaincy of HC Kladno, the 41-year-old forward who appeared in 32 games with the Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars between 1999 and 2001, is playing on a power play unit with Jaromir Jagr, Jiri Tlusty, Tomas Plekanec and Marek Zidlicky.

Itís quite an upgrade for a team that finished in ninth place in the 14-team Tipsport Extraliga a season ago.


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