One of the all-time best goalies in the NHL is Dominik Hasek. We’re going to tell you five awesome facts about him that you might not know. Not only is he a great player, but he’s also a great person. With that said, let’s dive right in.
1. He Retired as the Oldest Goalie in the NHL
He retired at age 43 and was the oldest active goalie at that time. In addition, he was the second-oldest player on the team and was only three years younger than the oldest. He first announced that he was retiring on June 9, 2008, but changed his mind and announced that he was coming back on April 21, 2009. He signed with Spartak Moscow on June 7, 2010, and officially announced his retirement on October 9, 2012. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 17, 2014, and was named one of the 100 greatest players in 2017.
2. He Played on Four Different Teams
While he also played internationally, Hasek played on four different teams in the NHL. He played with the Chicago Blackhawks from 1990-1992, the Buffalo Sabres from 1992-2001, the Detroit Red Wings from 2001-2004, and the Ottawa Senators from 2005-2006. In a surprising turn, he went back to the Detroit Red Wings from 2006-2008. Internationally, he’s won many medals and even got a gold in the 1998 Winter Olympics and a bronze in the 2006 Winter Olympics.
3. He Had a Flopping Style of Play
Not only was Hasek very flexible during games, but his style of play was quite unusual. Most goals are scored towards the bottom of the net and Hasek would flop down to make sure the area was covered. He once described his style of play to be similar to a fish flopping around. He would use every part of his body possible to stop the puck and this is one of the things that made him one of the best goalies in the NHL.
4. He Got His 300th Win in 2005
On October 15, 2005, Hasek got his 300th NHL win. It happened in a home game between the Ottawa Senators and the Boston Bruins. The game ended with a score of 5-1, and he stopped 34 out of 35 shots. He was working on a complete shutout, but the opposing team’s forward was able to get the puck under him only three minutes into the third period. This win made him the 22nd goalie to ever reach the milestone and was the second goalie to ever win the Lester B. Pearson Award for being the most outstanding player in the league.
5. He’s Received a Ton of Trophies/Awards
He’s won so many trophies and awards, some of which are listed below.
- NHL All-Rookie Team-1 time
- William M. Jennings Trophy-3 times
- Vezina Trophy-6 times
- NHL First All-Star Team-6 times
- NHL All-Star Game-6 times
- Hart Memorial Trophy-2 times
- Lester B. Pearson Award-2 times
- Stanley Cup Champion-2 times