DETROIT – The Dominator is done.
Dominik Hasek announced his retirement during a news conference in Detroit on Monday, only days after the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in six games over Pittsburgh.
“Sixteen years is a long time in life that has unfortunately gone by too fast,” Hasek said.
The six-time Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s top goaltender and two-time Hart Trophy winner as the league’s MVP leaves on a mixed note.
Hasek, the only goalie to win the NHL MVP award twice, lost his job during Detroit’s run to the Cup. The 43-year-old from the Czech Republic was benched during the opening-round series in favour of Chris Osgood and never regained the starting job.
Hasek won 389 games with the Red Wings, Ottawa Senators, Buffalo Sabres and Chicago Blackhawks, who drafted him in the 10th round in 1983 and had to wait until the 1990-91 season to get him on the ice. Chicago kept him just two seasons, then watched him become one of the game’s greats in Buffalo.
He won 65 playoff games – including 16 in 2002, when he won his first Stanley Cup with Detroit – and gave up an average of just two goals in the post-season.