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Dominik Hasek named to Sabres Hall of Fame

Mar 6, 2014, 4:51 PM EDT

Dominik Hasek AP

On Mar. 29, one of the greatest goalies in Sabres franchise history will be honored with a spot in the Hall of Fame.

Dominik Hasek, the first goalie in NHL history to win the Hart Trophy twice, will be inducted into the Buffalo Sabres HOF prior to a game against the Lightning on the 29th, the club announced on Thursday.

Here’s more, from the Sabres:

During his time in Buffalo, Hasek held numerous franchise records and, upon his departure from the Sabres, owned the records for most all-time games played (491), wins (234), shutouts (55) and lowest career goals-against average (2.22).  Hasek appeared in a career-high 72 games for the club in the 1997-98 season, setting a team record with 13 shutouts, only to follow that up with a career-best 1.87 GAA, .937 save percentage and a Stanley Cup Final berth in 1998-99.

The Sabres Hall of Fame currently has 41 inductees (a mix of players, coaches, front office personnel and executive/ownership figures), while six retired numbers currently reside at First Niagara Center: Gilbert Perreault’s No. 11, Rick Martin’s No. 7, Rene Robert’s No. 14, Tim Horton’s No. 2, Danny Gare’s No. 18 and Pat LaFontaine’s No. 16.

It seems a formality that Hasek’s No. 39 will eventually join those in the rafters. The Dominator is also eligible for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame this year, and a virtual lock to get in.

  1. moose2k - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    About time, the Dominator was a thrill to watch

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Marty Brodeur in his prime was the best all-around goalie I’ve ever watched, but based on pure athleticism and excitement no one comes close to Hasek. Should be first ballot.

    • travishenryskid - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      By best all-around goalie, I assume you mean longevity? While all three modern greats (Hasek, Roy and Brodeur) were in their primes, Hasek was clearly the best. 6 Vezina’s and 2 Hart’s are proof. It’s a shame Hasek will always be compared to the other two goalies career numbers, as he was caught behind Soviet Eastern European lines in his early years.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:20 PM

        Longevity is only a small part of Brodeurs greatness. He was the backbone to quite a few excellant Devils teams and did some amazing things. Granted he had impressive talent in front of him (Stevens, Niedermayer, Daneyko, Rafalski, Arnott, Langenbrunner, Elias, Mogilny, Gomez, Holik, Sykora, etc etc); talent that if Hasek had with Buffalo he would’ve won a Cup or two, but still (and this is just my opinion) Brodeur, in his prime, is the goalie I’d take if I was building a franchise. Hasek is the 2nd, followed by Roy. It’s all about personal preference, as you say “Hasek was clearly the best” while I say Brodeur was slightly better bc he was the most complete goalie- technically sound, athletic (tho obviously not Hasek’s level), unmatched ability to play the puck, smart leader, the list goes on.

        I mean none of this as an insult to Hasek, he was probably the most dynamic goaltender the NHL has ever seen. His post to post speed and flexibility was unmatched. He was just an amazingly unorthodox star. Like I said, “first ballot” all the way. But I’d still take Marty.

    • anthj99 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      Hasek is the best goalie of all time hands down.

  3. rpiotr01 - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Knees that bend both backwards and forwards – a trait inherent only to the flamingo and Dominik Hasek.

    Best goalie I’ve ever seen.

  4. bagjr387 - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    He had a slinky for a spine…his number should be retired

  5. billsin20xx - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Do you think Nolan will present the award to him that night? LOL

  6. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Brett Hull was in the crease.

  7. lowenni - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Not just one of the best Buffalo goalies ever. One of the best goalies ever, period.

  8. djshnooks - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    As I said the other day, he is a legend.

    He is not “one of the best goalies in Sabres history,” he is THE BEST in Sabres history…and in a tier with the French Connection, without a doubt.

    He is one of the best goalies that we have ever seen between the pipes in any league in the world. He was amazing to watch.

    I’ll never forget game 7 in 1997-98 against Ottawa…I told my Dad if they won I wanted a jersey and he agreed. Steve Shields was in goal for Buffalo…Derek Plante scored on a breakaway in overtime to send Buffalo on to the next round against the Flyers, I think.

    I couldn’t hear myself think, and I ended up getting my Hasek jersey…one of the best nights of my life. Rest in Peace, Pops. :-/

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      Condolences for your loss.

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