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Former Buffalo Sabres Goaltender Dominik Hasek Elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

June 24th, 2014 at 9:43 PM
By Mike Matisz

The NHL has announced its 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame class Monday. Headlining the class is former Buffalo Sabres goaltender Dominik Hasek.

 

'Dominic Hasek' photo (c) 2006, Adam Jakubiak - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
 

Hasek, who won the Vezina Trophy for best goaltender six times, which is second-most all time , is the only goaltender who won the Hart Trophy more than once, getting the MVP twice for the Sabres in 1996-97 and 1997-98.

Hasek's 16-year career didn't start with the Sabres, as many know, the Sabres traded for Hasek from the Chicago Blackhawks. 

"To be honest, in 1992 I was thinking about going back to Europe because I was in the minors, I was with the Indianapolis Ice," Hasek said. "However I stayed and I got the chance in 1992 when I was traded to Buffalo. Actually, it was the best thing that could have happened to me because in Buffalo I got a chance to play and prove I could play on the highest level."

Through Hasek's career, he won 389 games which ranks 11th in league history. He led the NHL in save percentage six times as well. 

While Hasek never won a Stanley Cup with the Sabres, he did win twice with the Detroit Red Wings and also won a gold medal for the Czech Republic in the 1998 Nagano Olympics, which was the first games that NHL players participated.

The Hall of Fame selection committee consists of 18 members. The chairman of the committee is Columbus Blue Jackets president John Davidson.

"When we go through the meetings, we make it very clear that is the Hockey Hall of Fame. It is a world-renowned Hall of Fame," said Davidson, who is chairman of the selection committee. "This tells me our game is growing worldwide and our game is being recognized all over the world for the great game that it is. When we have a class like this that is coming into the Hall, I think it says a lot about our game and how worldwide it really is."

The selection committee also selected centers Peter Forsberg, Mike Modano, defenseman Rob Blake, coach Pat Burns and referee Bill McCreary.

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL

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