Buffalo - October 21, 2014 - In a time when the Sabres are one of the worst teams in the NHL, it’s nice to get a little blast from the past and remember the good times.
The team will do just that on January 13, 2015 when they retired Dominik Hasek’s #39 to the rafters of the First Niagra Center prior to the Sabres’ game against the Detroit Red Wings. Hasek will join six other Sabres who have had their jerseys retired by the club: Gilbert Perreault (No. 11, retired in 1990), Rick Martin (No. 7, retired in 1995), Rene Robert (No. 14, retired in 1995), Tim Horton (No. 2, retired in 1996), Danny Gare (No. 18, retired in 2005), and Pat Lafontaine (No. 16, retired in 2006).
Hasek was also voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this year, with his induction set to commence on November 17th in Toronto.
During his time with the Sabres, Hasek was one of the most dominant goaltenders in NHL history. He became the only goalie to win the Hart Trophy as league MVP twice (1997, 1998) while also winning the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goalie six times (1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001). He also helped lead the Sabres to the 1999 Stanley Cup Final, where the team controversially lost to the Dallas Stars in six games.
Unfortunately, Hasek wouldn’t be able to win a Stanley Cup until his departure from Buffalo. He would go on to help the Detroit Red Wings capture the 2002 Stanley Cup, adding the final piece to his illustrious career.
“The Dominator” was one of the best and most popular athletes in Sabres history and it will be good to have that #39 hanging high above.
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