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Hasek joined the Buffalo Sabres in 1992 and quickly emerged as one of the league's top goaltenders.
Hasek joined the Buffalo Sabres in 1992 and quickly emerged as one of the league's top goaltenders.
Acrobatic Dominik Hasek did whatever it took to stop pucks from entering his net, and in doing so, earned the nickname 'The Dominator' and a reputation as one of the most dominant players, all positions included, of the 1990s and 2000s.

Born January 29, 1965 in Pardubice, Czechoslovakia, Hasek attended a try-out for five-year-olds wearing skate blades that screwed onto the soles of his shoes and ended up recruited by the nine-year-old group in need of a goaltender. By 16, he was playing professionally for HC Pardubice in the Czechoslovak Extraliga.

Hasek was awarded the Vezina Trophy as
the league's top goaltender on six occasions.
In 1983, the Chicago Blackhawks gambled and drafted Hasek 199th overall, who had observed the young goaltender playing with the Czech National Team. At the time, NHL teams were cautious in drafting players from Communist countries because they were often unwilling to play in the NHL or prevented from doing so by their countries. Hasek continued playing in Czechoslovakia, leading his teams to championships in 1987 and 1989, winning the top goaltender award each year between 1986 and 1990 and was named the league's best player in 1987, 1989 and 1990.

Hasek is the only goaltender in NHL history to win the Hart Trophy on two occasions.
Hasek made his NHL debut with Chicago in 1990-91, eight years after being drafted, serving as the back-up goalie to Ed Belfour. Under the tutelage of goaltending coach Vladislav Tretiak, Hasek worked hard in an unheralded role.

A 1992 trade to the Buffalo Sabres gave Hasek the opportunity to emerge as a number one netminder, although he began as understudy to Grant Fuhr, but following an injury to Fuhr, Hasek positioned himself as a starter and never let go. In 1994, he won his first of six Vezina Trophies as the league's premier goaltender, shared the Jennings Trophy (nest team goals-against average) with Fuhr and was runner-up for the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable performer. In 1995, he again won the Vezina and was a finalist for the Hart.

In 1996-97, Hasek again won the Vezina Trophy and also took home both the Hart Trophy and the Lester B. Pearson Award as the most valuable player as selected by the players. The next season, after recording 13 shutouts, Hasek again was awarded the Vezina and both the Hart and Pearson as the NHL's top performer. He became the first goalie in NHL history to win the Hart twice.

He won his third consecutive Vezina Trophy in 1998-99 with a career-best 1.87 goals-against average and a save percentage of .937. He was also a finalist for the both the Hart and Pearson trophies. That season, Hasek backstopped Buffalo to the Stanley Cup final against the Dallas Stars.

Hasek was traded to the Detroit Red Wings prior to the start of the 2001-02 season.
Although he considered retirement, Hasek returned to Buffalo in 1999-2000, but missed 40 games to injury. He bounced back incredibly, winning his sixth Vezina Trophy plus the Jennings Trophy in 2000-01.

The Sabres traded Hasek to the Detroit Red Wings prior to the start of the 2001-02 season. Wearing the winged-wheel, Hasek posted a career-high 41 wins to help Detroit finish first overall. The Red Wings went on to win the Stanley Cup over the Carolina Hurricanes. Hasek set an NHL record by collecting six shutouts through the post-season.

That summer, he announced his retirement, choosing to spend more time with his family. However, after Detroit's first-round loss to Anaheim in 2002-03, he notified the Red Wings that he would like to play again. Detroit already had Curtis Joseph and Manny Legace under contract, but welcomed back Hasek. In 2003-04, he was injured early in the season, and then announced that he was not going to play any further that season.

After his contract with Detroit expired, Hasek expressed a desire to win a Stanley Cup, and during the summer of 2004, he signed with the Ottawa Senators. That season was eliminated through a season-long lock-out, so Hasek returned to the Senators for the 2005-06 season. An injury during the Winter Olympics forced Hasek to most almost all of the remaining regular season contests, and after the Senators were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs, the team opted not to re-sign Hasek.

Hasek was a member of two Stanley Cup championship teams with the Red Wings in 2002 and 2008.
Instead, at the age of 41, Hasek returned for a second time with Detroit in 2006-07. The Red Wings finished first in the Western Conference but were eliminated in the conference final. He again contemplated retirement, but signed another contract for the 2007-08 season. He alternated with Chris Osgood through the season, winning the Jennings Trophy for best goals-against average, but during the first round of the playoffs, Osgood took over and played the remainder of the post-season, which culminated in a Stanley Cup celebration after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In June 2008, Dominik Hasek announced his retirement from the National Hockey League, although in April 2009, he announced a comeback to professional hockey and signed with HC Pardubice of the Czech Extraliga. A year later, he signed with Spartak Moscow of the KHL and played one final season, announcing his retirement in October 2012.

Through his 735 regular season games, Hasek recorded 389 wins (11th place all-time), 223 losses and 82 ties. His 81 shutouts placed Hasek in 6th place all-time. He finished with a goals-against average of 2.20, 8th best ever, and his save percentage was .922. A six-time NHL All-Star (1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001), Dominik Hasek compiled an extraordinary collection of NHL awards: two Hart Trophy wins (1997, 1998), two Lester B. Pears Awards (1997, 1998), six Vezina Trophies (1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001), three Jennings Trophies (1994, 2001, 2008) and Stanley Cup championships in 2002 and 2008.

His international play was equally impressive. He led the Czech Republic to a gold medal at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games and was awarded Best Goaltender, settling for bronze in 2006. Hasek was the Czech netminder for a silver medal at the World Championships in 1983 and bronze in 1987, 1989 and 1990, winning best goaltender award in 1987, 1989 and 1990. He was named Czech Hockey Player of the 20th Century in 1998, Czech Sportsperson of the Year in 1994, 1998 and 2001 and was awarded the Golden Hockey Stick in 1987, 1989, 1990, 1997 and 1998.



CAREER STATISTICS
REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 Tesla Pardubice Czech 12 3.09
1981-82 Czechoslovakia EJC-A 5 3.00
1982-83 Tesla Pardubice Czech 42 2.67
1982-83 Czechoslovakia WJC-A 6 3.33
1982-83 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 2 1 1 0 1 2.50
1983-84 Tesla Pardubice Czech 40 2.81
1984-85 Czechoslovakia Can-Cup 4 0 3 1 0 3.83
1984-85 Tesla Pardubice Czech 42 3.25
1984-85 Czechoslovakia WJC-A 7 4 0 2 0 1.58
1985-86 Tesla Pardubice Czech 45 3.08
1985-86 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 9 5 3 1 0 2.12
1986-87 Tesla Pardubice Czech 43 2.46
1986-87 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 9 5 2 2 1 2.19
1987-88 Czechoslovakia Can-Cup 6 2 3 1 0 3.00
1987-88 Tesla Pardubice Czech 31 3.00
1987-88 Czechoslovakia Olympics 5 3 2 0 1 4.98
1988-89 Tesla Pardubice Czech 42 2.73
1988-89 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 4 4 2 2 2.10
1989-90 Dukla Jihlava Czech 40 2.13
1989-90 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 8 5 3 0 1 2.50
1990-91 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 5 3 0 1 0 2.46 3 0 0 0 0 2.61
1990-91 Indianapolis Ice IHL 33 20 11 1 5 2.52 1 1 0 0 0 3.00
1991-92 Czechoslovakia Can-Cup 5 1 4 0 0 3.60
1991-92 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 20 10 4 1 1 2.60 3 0 2 0 0 3.04
1991-92 Indianapolis Ice IHL 20 7 10 3 1 3.56
1992-93 Buffalo Sabres NHL 28 11 10 4 0 3.15 1 1 0 0 0 1.33
1993-94 Buffalo Sabres NHL 58 30 20 6 7 1.95 7 3 4 0 2 1.61
1994-95 HC Pardubice CzRep 2 1 0 1 0 2.90
1994-95 Buffalo Sabres NHL 41 19 14 7 5 2.11 5 1 4 0 0 3.50
1995-96 Buffalo Sabres NHL 59 22 30 6 2 2.83
1996-97 Buffalo Sabres NHL 67 37 20 10 5 2.27 3 1 1 0 0 1.96
1997-98 Buffalo Sabres NHL 72 33 23 13 13 2.09 15 10 5 0 1 2.03
1997-98 Czech Republic Olympics 6 5 1 0 2 0.97
1998-99 Buffalo Sabres NHL 64 30 18 14 9 1.87 19 13 6 0 2 1.77
1999-00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 35 15 11 6 3 2.21 5 1 4 0 0 2.39
2000-01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 67 37 24 4 11 2.11 13 7 6 0 1 2.09
2001-02 Detroit Red Wings NHL 65 41 15 8 5 2.17 23 16 7 0 6 1.86
2001-02 Czech Republic Olympics 4 1 2 1 0 2.01
2002-03
2003-04 Detroit Red Wings NHL 14 8 3 2 2 2.20
2004-05
2005-06 Ottawa Senators NHL 43 28 10 4 5 2.09
2005-06 Czech Republic Olympics 1 0 0 0 0 0.00
2006-07 Detroit Red Wings NHL 56 38 11 6 8 2.05 18 10 8 0 2 1.79
2007-08 Detroit Red Wings NHL 41 27 10 3 5 2.14 4 2 2 0 0 2.91
2008-09
2009-10 HC Eaton Pardubice CzRep 33 23 10 0 2 2.26 13 3 1.68
2010-11 Spartak Moscow KHL 46 23 19 3 7 2.48 4 0 3 0 0 4.12
NHL Totals 735 389 223 95 81 2.20 119 65 49 0 14 2.01


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