Picture
On Tuesday, legendary Czech goaltender Dominik Hasek, now a free agent at the of 47, announced his retirement from playing hockey. During his career, he played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators, and Detroit Red Wings (where he won two Stanley Cups with in 2002 and 2008). Earlier this summer, Hasek set his eyes on an NHL comeback after playing in Europe since 2009.

Now, this should not come as a shock to anyone, as it would be silly for any NHL team to bring in a 47 year old goalie; it's just too old of an age to be playing in the best league in the world. He would not be able to keep up physically, and he would have been extremely vulnerable to injury if he had returned for another stint in the NHL.

Having said that, Hasek is still one of my favorite goaltenders of all-time, and it is sad to see him leave hockey. His unorthodox style of play made him arguably the most entertaining goalie to watch during the 90's and early 2000's. Watching Hasek sprawl across the ice to make an incredible save amazed hockey fans everywhere. He was almost superhuman in the way he played the game. Hasek's style of play was certainly one of a kind, to say the least. 

"The Dominator", a nickname many called him, was also one of the most successful goaltenders to ever play in the NHL. With two Hart Trophies (given to the NHL's most valuable player) in back-back-years in 1997 and 1998, six Vezina Trophies (given to the top goaltender), two Stanley Cups, and plenty of other awards and honors, Hasek is without a doubt one of the greatest goaltenders to ever play hockey. His achievements speak for themselves.

To see some of The Dominator's best moments, check out this video:




Leave a Reply.