Dominik Hasek, known as the best goaltender in the world during his playing days, has been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Hasek dominated for the Buffalo Sabres for most of the 1990s. He led the Sabres to the Eastern Conference Finals in 1998 and an appearance to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1999, where only an illegal goal by Brett Hull that was allowed by officials stopped him from winning the Cup for the Sabres. Hasek would eventually win two Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings before retiring.
In addition to his amazing NHL career, Hasek was stellar in International play. He won the gold medal in 1998 with the Czech Republic, and teammate Jaromir Jagr credits Hasek as the reason for the team winning it all.
"That was probably the biggest surprise in any tournament in the world and we did that because of him. He had a special style and he loves the game," Jagr told NHL.com. "I'm happy for him."
Hasek is considered a top-three goaltender of all-time by many, with Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur also in that conversation. Hasek's style, however, was unconventional. He was exciting to watch, making acrobatic saves look easy. He played with a passion that few could match.
The Sabres honored Hasek before a game last season, rolling a video tribute before he addressed the fans in attendance. Hasek is scheduled to have his No. 39 retired by the Sabres next season, along with the hall of fame induction.Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL