The dominator retires from hockey...again
Red Wings' goalie Domenik Hasek announces retirement from NHL
After 16 seasons in the NHL, Dominic Hasek announced his retirement for the second time in his career. His nickname was given to him because of the pure domination he had in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, before his first retirement in 2002-2003 season. During that time he earned 6 Vezina Trophies, 2 consecutive Hart Trophies and led the Czech Republic to their first ever gold medal in the 1998 Winter Olympics.
Hasek was drafted incredibly late in the 1983 NHL draft by the Chicago Blackhawks, going in the 10 th round and 199 th overall having to wait 8 years before seeing some ice time. Chicago kept him just two seasons, and then watched him become one of the games greatest ever in Buffalo. He played in 735 regular season NHL games, winning 389 while playing in 119 NHL playoff games and winning 65 of those.
Hasek's announcement came five days after the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in six games over Pittsburgh on which he was pulled after game 4 against Nashville in the first round. Detroit general manager Ken Holland says that Hasek has secured his place in history with Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur as the modern day great net minders.
The Dominator had so much success and was always scrutinized about his non-traditional butterfly or stand-up goalie style. He was more of a wild, random, do-what-ever-it-takes kind of goalie; it never mattered how he saved it, but he as long as he did. Most of his highlight saves have been when he was on his back with both pads straight in the air or doing a rainbow motion.
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His 81 shutouts have put him sixth on the all-time list and he owns almost every European goalie record possible. At the age of 43 he claims he has lost interest in the game and this time it is for good. He chose to stick around last summer with a one-year contract worth more than $2 million in base salary with a chance to earn an additional $2 million in bonuses.
For that much money, I would stick around for another year.
Dominic Hasek accomplishments (not a bad resume’ for a 10th round pick):
By Kevin Chaves
ProHockey-fans.com Staff Writer
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