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Dominik Hasek

Dominik Hasek Dominik "The Dominator" Hasek was born on January 29, 1965 in Pardubice, Czech Republic. He began playing hockey in his home country in 1981 and was drafted in the 11th round, 207th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1983. It would be unitl 1990 when Hasek would make his way to North America, playing five games in his first season. He played for Czechoslovakia in the 1991 Canada Cup and in 1992 was traded to the Buffalo Sabres for Stephan Beauregard and a 1993 4th round pick. The move to Buffalo paid dividends in the following season as Dominik Hasek became the first goalie since Bernie Parent to record a goals against average below 2.00, coming in with a stingy 1.95 GAA. Hasek also led the league in shoutouts with seven and was living up to his nickname, "The Dominator".

In the next nine years, Hasek would go on to become the Sabres' all time leader in shut-outs and became broke the mark for most games played by a European goalie in the NHL. He was a regular in the All-Star games and won his share of Vezina and Jennings trophies. Dominik Hasek's domination of the NHL culminated with him becoming only the fifth goaltender to ever win the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player. He accomplished that feat in 1997 as he led the Sabres to a first place finish in the North East division. The feat would be repeated the very next season as Hasek grabbed the Hart, Vezina and Jennings trifecta along with a gold medal in the Nagano Olympics, leading the Czech Republic to the podium.

Even as the Buffalo Sabres experienced a lot of success with Hasek in net, they were unable to win the Stanley Cup Championship. In 2001, Hasek would move on to the Detroit Red Wings in an effort to secure the one accolade he was lacking. He was an instant success in HockeyTown and led the Red Wings through the playoffs to a Stanley Cup Championship. Hasek retired after the win and moved back to his native Czech Republic but after taking a year off, and tried to make a comeback with the Detroit Red Wings in the 2003-04 season. Chronic groin injuries kept him out of action but after the 2004-05 NHL lockout, Hasek signed a one year contract to play with the Ottawa Senators.

Here is a summary of Dominik Hasek's NHL accomplishments;

Year    Team                 GP   Min   GA  SO   AVG   W   L   T      
1990-91 Chicago Blackhawks    5   195    8   0  2.46   3   0   1
1991-92 Chicago Blackhawks   20  1014   44   1  2.60  10   4   1 
1992-93 Buffalo Sabres       28  1429   75   0  3.15  11  10   4 
1993-94 Buffalo Sabres       58  3358  109   7  1.95  30  20   6 
1994-95 Buffalo Sabres       41  2416   85   5  2.11  19  14   7 
1995-96 Buffalo Sabres       59  3417  161   2  2.83  22  30   6 
1996-97 Buffalo Sabres       67  4037  153   5  2.27  37  20  10 
1997-98 Buffalo Sabres       72  4220  147  13  2.09  33  23  13 
1998-99 Buffalo Sabres       64  3817  119   9  1.87  30  18  14 
1999-00 Buffalo Sabres       35  2066   76   3  2.21  15  11   6
2000-01 Buffalo Sabres       67  3904  137  11  2.11  37  24   4 
2001-02 Detroit Red Wings    65  3872  140   5  2.17  41  15   8
2002-03 Did Not Play                      N/A      
2003-04 Detroit Red Wings    14   816   30   2  2.21  8   3   2
2005-06 Ottawa Senators      43  2584   90   5  2.09 28  10   4
NHL Totals                  638 37145 1364  68  2.22 324 202  86


Trophies George Vezina Trophy - 6 (1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001) William M. Jennings Trophy - 2 (1994, 2001) Lester B. Pearson Trophy - 2 (1997, 1998) Hart Memorial Trophy - 2 (1997, 1998)
Championships Stanley Cup - 1 (2002)
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Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Ottawa Senators

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