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Martin Brodeur, Dominik Hasek or Patrick Roy, who starts for you in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final?
Or maybe someone else?
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
I watched the Dominik Hasek retirement ceremony Tuesday night from the press box and when it ended quietly after around 20 minutes, I was left with a nagging question: That's it?
Still, I saw how genuinely happy Hasek was during his press conference earlier in the day and shook off the notion, turning attention to the game. I was just being grumpy, get-off-my-lawn guy and moved on. Or so I thought.
Then my Twitter feed started to blow up. And so did my replies. Not that Twitter can regularly be used as a focus group for opinions, but this time it sure snapped me back to reality.
Bottom line: That ceremony was flat-out lame.
Two long-time NHL observers I really respect were shaking their heads. One told me after the game, "That's the worst jersey retirement I've ever seen."
If you missed the ceremony, you can watch it here...
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Hasek was in good spirits Tuesday before his No. 39 sweater was raised to the rafters in First Niagara Center. The same man who once seemed larger than life was modest while meeting with the media. He said he was more nervous about making a pregame speech than he was before any game in his career.
Two weeks shy of his 50th birthday, and with salt in his hair gaining ground on pepper, Hasek has aged gracefully and made a smooth transition into a life after hockey. He was complex and often conflicted during his career but has since gained a greater appreciation for his time in Buffalo.
“I don’t think I ever get tired of hearing the sound of Sabres fans,” Hasek told the crowd. “It’s very humbling to be standing here tonight, looking up to the rafters and seeing the names of Gil Perreaault, Rick Martin, Rene Robert, Tim Horton, Danny Gare and Pat LaFontaine. It reminds me that Buffalo is truly a special place in the game of hockey. Knowing my name and my number will be in this group of hockey legends brings a smile to my face.”
Watch the full ceremony below...
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Vancouver Sun,
Dominik Hasek used to set up a puck machine, aim it to fire just under the cross-bar and lie down in the crease. With pucks coming as fast as they could fly, Hasek would kick one of his legs in the air with perfect timing and stop the shots.
The hockey world is full of similar stories of Hasek's unique training regimen, and there's a seemingly unending highlight reel of show-stopping saves he made during his NHL career.
Call him crazy, but also call him one of the best goaltenders in history.
"There was definitely a method to all of his madness," former NHL goaltender John Davidson said. "(He could) make saves you're not supposed to make. He was quick, but he knew how to read plays and he could find a way to get it done by twisting his body and rolling over. Whatever it took, he got it done."
A six-time Vezina Trophy winner as the top goaltender and two-time Hart Trophy winner as league MVP, Hasek was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November. On Tuesday night the Buffalo Sabres, with whom he had his best years, will retire his No. 39 before their game against the Detroit Red Wings, with whom he won the Stanley Cup.
“He had the instincts of a Wayne Gretzky as a goalie. Really, he was one of the few goalies who ever played the game who could intimidate the other team before the puck dropped. They didn’t know how to score on him because you never knew what he was going to do.”
-Chris Osgood on Dominik Hasek. Much more on Hasek from Nicholos J. Cotsonika of Yahoo.
Wish they were a bit longer.
First up is Dominik Hasek...
Below is the Pat Burns highlight package...
"You can be talented and have great people around you but the love for the game was No. 1."
-Dominik Hasek, who is about to enter the Hockey Hall of Fame. Much more on Hasek from Katie Strang of ESPN.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (October 20, 2014) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will officially retire the jersey of goaltender Dominik Hasek, one of the most prolific goaltenders in NHL history, in a ceremony scheduled to take place Jan. 13, 2015, prior to the team’s home game against the Detroit Red Wings at First Niagara Center. Hasek, who was the fifth and final Sabres player to wear No. 39, will be the seventh player in franchise history to receive the honor of having his jersey retired to the rafters. He was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame on March 29 and will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 17.
The Toronto Star's Kevin McGran penned a fine summary of today's events surrounding the Hockey Hall of Fame's 2014 induction class...
When the 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees are announced on Monday afternoon (TSN, 3 p.m.), it could be the first time in history that no Canadian player is on the list.
There are some obvious first-time candidates — stars who haven’t played pro in three seasons — who should be shoo-ins: American forward Mike Modano, Czech goalie Dominik Hasek and Swedish centre Peter Forsberg.
There are Canadians worthy of consideration for the first time — defenceman Adam Foote and winger Mark Recchi — and many who have been eligible before but didn’t make it: Eric Lindros, Paul Henderson, Rob Blake, Theoren Fleury, Paul Kariya and Dave Andreychuk.
At most, the hall can induct four retired male players and two females. Coaches, general managers and owners can also enter as builders. There is no limit, but it’s typically one a year.
And while McGran continues with a, "What shall we do if there are no Canadians are inducted? Is that bad for Canada" theory, the Glibe and Mail's James Mirtle suggests that the Hall's Selection Committee (whose machinations remain secret) should induct Forsberg's long-time competitor for the "most dominant forward of the late 90's" award in Eric Lindros:
On June 24th, the Hockey Hall of Fame's selection committee will name its inductees for 2014, and as the process is a secretive one, we know its parameters and the men who represent the Hockey Hall of Fame, but we don't know how exactly one player of builder makes the cut and another does not in any particular year.
The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons believes that the selection committee needs to make amends for a long-standing omission amongst this year's shoo-ins:
At one time, in the early 1980s, they were considered the two most gifted and offensive explosive players in hockey. Wayne Gretzky won 10 scoring titles in the National Hockey League. Sergei Makarov won nine scoring titles in Russia, before he arrived in the NHL.
Gretzky had his Hall of Fame induction fast-tracked. Makarov is still waiting to hear his name called.
On June 23, the Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2014 will be announced and the slam dunk this year is Dominik Hasek, as he should be. Joining him likely will be Peter Forsberg and Mike Modano and there’s really no argument with either of those. But somehow, Makarov’s candidacy appears to have been lost in time.
He was twice a world junior champion, 10 times a world champion, a winner of two Olympic gold medals and one silver. At the largest events, the Olympics and Canada Cups, he scored 59 points in 44 games:
Makarov came to the NHL late, won the rookie of the year award at 31, scored 292 points in 297 games in Calgary, ended his career quietly in San Jose and Dallas. Those who rule him out as Hall of Fame material because of his final NHL seasons, haven’t made enough attention to the final seasons of many already enshrined.
Makarov’s centre, Igor Larionov is already in the Hall, which is as much about NHL politics as it about truth. Makarov was the better player. It is overdue for him to be acknowledged for his wonderful career.
Simmons continues with his usual collection of hockey and sports-related observations--and Igor Larionov is now on the selection committe, for what it's worth..
As a Red Wings fan, I miss the crazy Czech terribly, but I also know the "crazy" part is accurate...So here's a 10-minute clip of the Buffalo Sabres inducting Dominik Hasek into the Sabres Hall of Fame, including giving the mad professor an actual sabre:
Here's hoping a Buffalo-area hospital doesn't hear someone on the phone at 1 AM saying, "Well, you know, I, I, I...I thought, maybe one time, maybe two, I could test it with my thumb, to see if it was sharp you know...You know...I, I, well I don't know, what do you know, it is sharp you know!"
And here's their tribute video to Hasek:
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at Canada.com,
Hasek played his final NHL game five years ago, and then officially retired in 2012. It's taken time since he left the league for his true place in NHL history to come into focus.
Six Vezina Trophies as the league's best goaltender, two Hart Trophies as MVP, one Olympic gold medal, six first-team all-star selections and two Stanley Cups — one as a starter — don't even tell the whole story. Few goalies during the 1990s and 2000s could do what Hasek did to opponents.
"He mentally and physically intimidated you," said St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, who beat Hasek in the 1999 Cup final with the Stars. "I think there were games that you knew you were never going to score on him, and I think it was very discouraging at times. I think that's a great quality. I'd never seen the guy quit on a puck, I'd never seen the guy give up on anything. And that's hard to play against."
Hasek's .922 save percentage is the best of any goalie since the league started keeping track in 1982-83. His 2.02 goals-against average is the best in the modern era, slightly lower than Ken Dryden and Brodeur.
Brodeur has many more shutouts, but when Hasek was on his game, he had the ability to almost will teams to win.
Below, watch the Top 10 Hasek moments, TSN style...
BUFFALO, N.Y. (March 28, 2014) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will officially retire the jersey of goaltender Dominik Hasek, one of the most prolific goaltenders in NHL history, in a ceremony during the 2014-15 season. Hasek, who was the fifth and final Sabres player to wear No. 39, will be the seventh player in franchise history to receive the honor of having his jersey retired to the rafters. He is being inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame on March 29.
TSN played this yesteday, we play it today courtesy of HockeyWebCaster.
from Sport.Cz (translated),
Hockey goalie Dominik Hasek confirmed that in 47 years, ending his active career. From Nagano Olympic champion and two-time Stanley Cup winner recently vain discussed the engagement with several NHL clubs. Hasek said in an interview with the daily newspaper Sport.
One of the best goalkeepers Czech and Czechoslovak history, even in the summer hoping to find overseas engagements in the NHL, but that he did not. "I wanted to do everything possible to get back to the NHL, but the other party did not feel like me. Finally I decided it was not worth it", said the famous Dominator.
Dominik Hasek has been training daily, hired a goaltender coach and is motivated to return to the NHL.
What do you think?
from Michael Langr at NHL.com,
Don’t be surprised if you see in the news one day that Dominik Hasek climbed Mt. Everest.
While he’s currently stepped away from his hockey career, the veteran goalie has been pursuing a variety of interesting activities.
He played beach volleyball, skied on a glacier in the Alps with Czech Olympic downhill skiing medalist Sarka Zahrobska, crossed Albania by bike (he even thought about cycling through Kamchatka), and in the last weekend he competed with professional drivers while racing at the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Race in Barcelona.
“All those activities keep me in good shape. I still think about returning to play hockey next year, so it is important for me to do other sports now and be ready,” Hasek said after returning from Spain to his home in Prague.
From Eric Duhatschek from the Globe and Mail:
There is still a long way for Tampa to go - and maybe the biggest challenge yet comes this week, thanks to the NHL schedule maker, which has the Lightning playing the next two home games on back-to-back days, Tuesday and Wednesday. Normally, there is more recovery time between games in the playoffs and Roloson’s handful of tough outings since joining the Lightning have generally occurred when the work load piled up, about the only concession he’s made thus far to the numbers on his birth certificate.
But Roloson also had a pretty good role model for learning to play into his dotage - Dominik Hasek, for whom he backed up way back in the 1990s with the Buffalo Sabres, when he landed after his original NHL team, the Calgary Flames, let him go. In fact, I was trying to remember if Roloson ever played in Calgary at the same time as his Lightning teammate Martin St. Louis, another ageless wonder - and another freebie that Tampa received after the Flames couldn’t find a spot on their star-studded roster all those years ago. Answer: Yes and no.
This week I will take a look at some former NHL players now playing in various European leagues. With the implementation of the salary cap, the average NHL players’ career is now ending when they hit their mid-thirties, as GM’s round out their roster with younger, less expensive options. This recent trend has led to an influx of big name players, such as Pavol Demitra and Evgeni Nabokov, heading overseas for better contracts and a chance to lengthen their career. Do most of these players repeat their NHL success overseas or are they clearly at the twilight of their careers?
Hasek was signed last summer after leading HC Pardubice to the Czech Extraliga championship. However, Hasek has struggled this year with a 4-10 record, a 2.80 GAA and a .898 save percentage as Spartak currently sit 18th out of 23 KHL teams.
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from Russia Today,
One of the greatest netminders in the history of hockey, Dominik Hasek, will now play in the KHL, defending the goals of Spartak Moscow.
The 45-year-old player and the club signed a one-year deal on Monday.
“I am very pleased to join Spartak. It’s a great club where a lot of great stars played. It’s a challenge for me and I’m very interested,” RIA-Novosti news agency cited Hasek.
from Peter Adler at The Cult of Hockey,
Yakovenko said the goaltending legend has agreed to a one-year deal, but he would not release any other details, including financial conditions of the contract. According to other sources, Hasek is to make about $3 million U.S., which would be about 20 times as much as he made last season with Pardubice.
from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,
Returning to hockey after a one-year “retirement,” Hasek is currently ranked seventh among Czech League goaltenders with a .916 save percentage. He boasted eight wins through 12 games and a 2.52 goals-against average. But statistics aside, perhaps his most important asset is intimidation.
Hasek’s gold medal performance at the Nagano Olympics was so transcendental, an opera was created in the Czech Republic to celebrate he and his teammates’ stunning victory. A 2-1 shootout win over Canada in the semifinal was followed by a 1-0 shutout of old nemesis Russia to clinch gold – and both efforts have given Hasek a lot of cred with his peers.
“I heard he’s playing pretty well back in the Czech League,” said Colorado’s Milan Hejduk, a teammate of Hasek’s on that 1998 gold medal squad. “He’s always been an excellent goaltender. Maybe it’s going to be a big (Olympic) comeback. Even at his age, he’s still kicking it.”
from CTV Olympics,
Dominik Hasek and Jaromir Jagr headline the list of 60 players under consideration for the Czech Republic’s 2010 Olympic men’s hockey team.
Hasek, who came out of retirement this month, is one of eight goaltenders who will compete for a spot on the team. Florida Panthers netminder Tomas Vokoun, who beat Russia in the bronze medal game in 2006, is likely the leading candidate for the starting role.
The 44-year-old Hasek, who retired from the Detroit Red Wins in 2008, is making a comeback with Pardubice in the Czech Extraliga this year. In the season opening game, he stopped 33 of 34 shots in a 2-1 shootout loss.
via Russia Today,
The 44-year-old goaltender signed a contract with HC Moeller Pardubice for next season.
Pardubice is Hasek’s home town, and he started his career in the colors of the local club.
“I’m really glad I could sign a deal with this club,’’ Hasek said. “It’s a club where I spent the most years. I’ve never even thought I could play for any other club in the Czech Republic. I’m looking forward to the next season.”
from Ryan Dixon of the Hockey News,
For all the hardware Dominik Hasek is taking with him as he exits crease left, the one thing I wish he’d leave behind is his nickname.
In an era where made-up monikers rarely go beyond adding a few letters to a player’s last name, ‘The Dominator’ stood out as a truly original, apt handle.
Hasek could bend, baffle, distract and infuriate at every turn. But it was his ability to utterly dominate a game that defines his career.
Hasek leaves the NHL as one of the most important goaltenders the game has ever seen. From 1993 to 2001, The Dominator won six Vezina Trophies and became the first goalie since Jacques Plante (1962) to be named the league’s Most Valuable Player. Hasek was also the first goalie ever to win consecutive Hart Trophies in 1997 and 1998.
Update 11:30am ET: Noted in the Free Press, “It’s time to say goodbye,” Hasek said.
Update 2:42pm ET: Some reflections on Hasek from Mitch Albom at the Free Press. Meanwhile, HockeyTownTodd has already moved on to Jimmy Howard…
Update 3:10pm ET: Video from Hasek’s press conference now added below.
Update 6:34pm ET: From Pierre LeBrun at the CP, Brodeur, Peca and Ruff remember Hasek as one of the best.
Inspired by the Dominik Hasek news conference today, ESPN asks you to rank the best goalies of all time:
From Helene St. James at the Free Press,
The Red Wings have called a news conference for 11 a.m. Monday to make an announcement regarding the future of Dominik Hasek.
Based on comments Hasek made after the Wings won the Stanley Cup last Wednesday with Chris Osgood in goal, it appears he is leaning toward retirement.
Hasek, who was in goal for the Wings when they won the Cup in 2002, said of the 2008 championship that, “I’ll be honest, I can’t enjoy it as I did enjoy the Stanley Cup in 2002.”
From George Sipple at the Free Press,
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland will be on the golf links soon, but he has some business to take care of the next few days. Holland hopes to meet with goaltender Dominik Hasek and forward Dallas Drake to gauge their interest in returning next season before he leaves for Thursday’s NHL awards show in Toronto.
Holland also will talk with defenseman Chris Chelios, who needs to have his injured knee scoped in the off-season.
“I have every intention of coming back,” Chelios said. “It’s never been a money issue, so we’ll figure it out and hopefully we’ll be back in this stall again.”
From Bill Clement at NBC Sports,
It took a while but Hasek eventually opened the eyes of executives throughout the NHL and made them realize they should judge him on his results not his style of play. Hasek gets no points for style, but he gets plenty of points for results.
He does the most unorthodox things you’ll see from a goalie. These include making saves while lying on his back, while contorting his body and even while having his back to the puck. What’s more is that he’ll stop some shots by dropping his stick and grabbing the puck with the exposed fingers of his hand on his blocker’s side.
To say he is an oddity in how he plays goal is one of the all-time understatements in hockey.
From Pierre LeBrun at the CP via Yahoo!
Dominik Hasek will enter the Hall in his very first year of eligibility. But right now, he’s been reduced to Hall of Fame backup.
“That’s the way it is,” Hasek said. “It’s definitely disappointing, especially because I feel well. Like I’ve said many times, I’m ready to go any time. But the team is playing very well, we’re winning. Ozzie is doing a great job for us. So I understand the situation. I wish to be there but the coaches feel they better go with Ozzie.”
And that’s a pure, honest sentiment from the 43-year-old Czech star. It’s eating him up inside not to be in goal right now. But he also has tremendous respect for his goalie partner and has been nothing but the good teammate since losing his starting job 26 minutes into Game 4 of the opening round in Nashville.
Listening to the mis-informed sports radio jocks here in Detroit has been a joke today. Most have no idea what the game of hockey is all about and it is showing. One thing I have picked up throughout the day and from at least 4 sports jocks…
I told you that Hasek should have been traded earlier in the season, we could have gotten a great asset for him!
So hockey fans, would you have traded an asset for Hasek?
How about you Ottawa, you needed goaltending, would you have taken him?
Maybe Chicago, he could have ended up where he started! Maybe Calgary, Dom would have been a great backup to Kipper!
Did anyone want Hasek? Tampa Bay Lightning, maybe, but a trade between the Wings and Bolts would never happen.
from John Glennon at Chilling Out at the Tennessean,
...But the Wings were sunk in Game 4 due in part to the poor goaltending of Dominik Hasek, a six-time Vezina Trophy winner. And Detroit coach Mike Babcock just announced that Chris Osgood will replace Hasek for Game 5.
Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised at this.
After all, Ellis outplayed Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo down the stretch, as the Predators battled the Canucks for the final Western Conference playoff spot.
What’s another all-star to knock off at this point?
From the AP via the Mercury News,
Dominik Hasek is out, and Chris Osgood is in.
Hasek said Thursday that Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told him Osgood will start Game 5 against the Nashville Predators, who won two straight at home to even the first-round series 2-all.
From Red Wings Corner:
Asked whether Osgood will be the Red Wings’ netminder for the remainder of the playoffs, coach Mike Babcock laughed and said, “Just win baby.”
from the Detroit News,
“I didn’t feel comfortable, for sure, on the ice,” Hasek said. “Once I feel better, I’ll get back on the ice. Hopefully, I’ll be back on the ice next week, but I’m not sure.”
Colorado Avalanche right wing Milan Hejduk, Detroit Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek and Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending December 9.
The video describes the action. Hasek received a 2 minute tripping call.
Hasek commented he asked the ref about the penalty call and was told, Come on Dom, the score is 5-0, lets just finish up. Hasek was concerned about his shutout which he did get.
added 10:42am, A2Y has another video of the play…
from the Toronto Sun,
Chris Osgood, it appears, has supplanted Dominik Hasek as the No. 1 goalie in Motown, though the 42-year-old Hasek won’t concede as much.
“There are 60 games left and I know the way I practise and the way I see the puck, I know I’ll play better,” Hasek said. “I want to see more determination out of myself. I haven’t done my job.”
from Bruce MacLeod of the Macomb Daily,
Hasek described his play after Tuesday’s loss in St. Louis as “not being able to get in the game.” He doesn’t see action for minutes, then lets in a quickie ... which is another way to say that he’s playing like a No. 2 goalie. Osgood plays behind the same tight defense and manages just fine.
Tuesday’s game was a good example of the difference between the two netminders. Hasek was pulled after allowing four goals, including two off big rebounds. Osgood came in and looked a lot sharper.
All of that said, it would seem obvious that the correct thing to do would be to make a change, to play Osgood more often and give the Red Wings a better chance to win.
But not doing anything right now would be better than doing something like making a change.
With thanks to Roman at eNHL.cz, we’ve discovered Dominik Hasek’s new off season hobby.
(*Important to note that when Hasek spoke to eNHL.cz’s camera man, he was insistent that he does not ride during the NHL season.)
via Red Wings Corner,
Lingering pain above Dominik Hasek’s knee means that Chris Osgood will get his first start of the season tonight against Calgary.
Hasek will back-up Osgood.