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Dominik Hasek retires…again

Oct 9, 2012, 10:34 AM EDT

Dominik Hasek AP

There will be no more sequels for The Dominator.

In an interview given to Czech magazine iSport, Dominik Hasek announced he was set to retire from hockey — again — after failing to receive an offer from an NHL club.

From iSport (translated):

“I prepared, I wanted to play. But for what I was studying (return to the NHL), it did not work. I do not see that it has changed.

“I wanted to do everything possible to get back to the NHL, but the other party did not feel like me. Finally I decided it’s not worth it.”

This is Hasek’s third retirement since the 2002-03 season.

The topic of Hasek’s most recent comeback attempt gained steam in July when, during an interview with ProHockeyTalk, agent Ritch Winter said the 47-year-old would play in the NHL this season.

“He will play,” Winter told PHT. “There is no option. He will play and he will excel and he will do all of the things he can do.

“That’s his view of it. There’s one objective, and that’s it — he won’t fail.”

A bold statement, though to be fair to both Winter and Hasek, extenuating circumstances played a major role in the Dominator failing to latch on with a club.

The current work stoppage and literally zero room at the AHL level meant Hasek’s entries to the league were far and few between.

He had been training with Czech Extraliga team Pardubice, but seemed to realize a goalie three years shy of 50 would need much more than practice to draw a contract for an NHL club.

That said, don’t write off Hasek from professional hockey entirely. If his past retirements tell us anything, it’s that he can’t stay away from the game for very long.

  1. travishenryskid - Oct 9, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Greatest goalie in the history of the game. Can’t wait to see his number hanging in the rafters.

    • elemeno89 - Oct 9, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      the rafters in buffalo won’t let this opportunity go awry. im almost certain they are already in teh planning stages or retiring his number for good.

    • Eberwizzle - Oct 9, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      Best goalie without a cup by far….not so sure about best in history

      • travishenryskid - Oct 9, 2012 at 1:55 PM

        He won a cup with Detroit.

      • Eberwizzle - Oct 9, 2012 at 1:55 PM

        just seeing if anyone picks up on this

      • elemeno89 - Oct 9, 2012 at 2:15 PM

        go back to your bridge.

  2. BlackandGoldMNBruinsFan - Oct 9, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    I know he didn’t get any offers, but this whole lock-out mess could’ve limited the number of offers he would have received. Couldn’t he have waited until it was over? I was getting excited that there was a real possibility that he’d come back…maybe start a couple of preseason games (if we even get any hockey this year) and maybe playing back-up or AHL until there’s an injury, or Toronto needed a goalie. There was a real opportunity to see him play!!

  3. lsxphotog - Oct 9, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    This is still a better news story than anything involving the lockout…haha

  4. polegojim - Oct 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Great goalie in his day and I have lots of respect for him.

    Wouldn’t take away his desire and right to try… but everyone needs to take a realistic view of themselves. Seriously, who hires an almost 50 year old player, let alone goalie, where reflexes and top-form agility are paramount.

    Dom – better to be remembered for being great, then force a final memory of failure.

  5. bagjr387 - Oct 9, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Dont become the next Brett Favre….Stay a legend…

  6. id4joey - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Greatest goalie in the history of which game? The All Star game? Black Friday? New Year’s Eve game? What are you smoking?

  7. nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    This has got to be very discouraging news for Johnny Bower and Glenn Hall.

  8. buffalo65 - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Greatest goalie ever, no doubt. 6 vezinas in 7 years, 2 MVP’s, finished up what Cujo couldn’t do in Detroit and won a cup. Best ever.

    • ryanprzy - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:59 PM

      He was the best ever, but you got the chronology all wrong. Hasek won the Cup in ’02, and THEN CuJo came along…. And when we won it again in ’08, it was Ozzy that was the starter.

  9. id4joey - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Hall and Bower??? What about Sawchuk, Roy and Brodeur?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 9, 2012 at 10:49 PM

      The difference of course being that none of the 3 you mentioned are retired senior citizens.

  10. kicksave1980 - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    People always talk about what a mistake it was for the Hawks to let Hasek go, but remember that at the time, Ed Belfour was just coming off of his second full season. Belfour won the Calder and Vezina in his rookie year, and IMO was as good as Hasek. That anyone would suggest dumping Belfour in favor of a guy who, up until that point, had spent the majority of his career in Indianapolis, are looking back with 20/20 vision. Even then, I’d still take Belfour.

    • kicksave1980 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:25 AM

      And by saying that, I’m not trying to take anything away from Hasek. Amazing goalie, and one of the best of all time. Just my point of view as a Blackhawks fan. People see that the Hawks traded him earlier in his career and inevitably say what a mistake it was. There’s more to it than that.

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