By Wyatt Earp | June 9, 2008
It’s always a little sad when the game loses one of the greats.
The Dominator has hung up his skates for good.
DETROIT (AP)—The Dominator is done.
Dominik Hasek announced his retirement during a news conference in Detroit on Monday, only days after the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in six games over Pittsburgh.
“Sixteen years is a long time in life that has unfortunately gone by too fast,” Hasek said.
The six-time Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s top goaltender and two-time Hart Trophy winner as the league’s MVP leaves on a mixed note.
Hasek, the only goalie to win the NHL MVP award twice, lost his job during Detroit’s run to the Cup. The 43-year-old from the Czech Republic was benched during the opening-round series in favor of Chris Osgood and never regained the starting job.
Hasek ranks 10th on the career list in wins, 10th in goals against average, 18th in games and is tied for sixth in shutouts, according to STATS.
He won 65 playoff games—including 16 in 2002, when he won his first Stanley Cup with Detroit—and gave up an average of just two goals in the postseason. (H/T - )
It would be hard to argue that Hasek is not one of the very best ever to play the game. When he was on, he was unstoppable, and when he had an off night, he was still better than most of the goalies in the league. He is a certain Hall of Famer.
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