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Dominik Hasek Retires

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.

Topics: Ice Hockey |

11 Responses to “Dominik Hasek Retires”

  1. AJ Lynch Says:
    June 9th, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Hey Wyatt:

    Unrelated to your post but will Chief Wigums put a sensitive guy like you on his new LGBT team?

  2. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 9th, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    AJ - Thanks for ruining it. I’m posting about that at 9pm.

  3. USA_Admiral Says:
    June 9th, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    I will miss watching him between the pipes.

    Hall of fame here he comes.

  4. Sssteve Says:
    June 9th, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    One of the greats!

  5. RT Says:
    June 9th, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    I will refrain from my rant. I am not a fan. He had good moments and stellar performances, but some of those performances deserved an Oscar.

  6. Deathlok Says:
    June 9th, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Hasek = Stinky!

  7. rodney dill Says:
    June 10th, 2008 at 6:12 am

    Always hated playing him when he wasn’t on the Wings, loved him when he was.

    Isn’t that a pic of Osgood though?

  8. rodney dill Says:
    June 10th, 2008 at 6:17 am

    Isn’t that a pic of Osgood though?
    Nevermind, the pose was so close to one of Osgoods catched during the playoffs I thought it wasn’t Hasek at first.

  9. joaquin Says:
    June 10th, 2008 at 7:36 am

    Between the pipes, I never saw anyone better.

  10. vincent_antonelli Says:
    June 10th, 2008 at 9:25 am

    and where did he start his career in the Czech Republic?? Moeller PARDUBICE! So you can wear your Pardubice jersey to the HOF ceremony when they put him in.

  11. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 10th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Admiral - Easily.

    Sssteve - I just wish he made it to the Rangers in his prime.

    RT - And jealousy raises it’s head . . . :P

    Deathlok - I think you spelled “awesome” incorrectly.

    Rodney - Nope, it’s Hasek. He has a longer face cage.

    Joaquin - Roy was better, but Hasek was very, very good.

    Vinnie - D-U-N, done! I love that jersey.