The Buffalo Sabres revealed on Friday that the side will officially retire goaltender Dominik Hasek’s No. 39 in a ceremony during the 2014-15 season. In his 16-season NHL career, he played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings and the Ottawa Senators.
Longtime Buffalo Sabres goaltender Dominik Hasek will have his No. 39 retired next season.
Hasek, who is being inducted into the Sabres Hall of Fame on Saturday night, will be the seventh Sabres player to have his number retired, along with Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin, Rene Robert, Tim Horton, Danny Gare and Pat LaFontaine.
According to the sources – “I am very excited to be invited to Buffalo to go into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame,” Hasek told. “And of course be back in Buffalo to meet and see some friends and people I worked with. It means something for me. Nine years I spent here, it’s something you never forget.”
Hasek’s 234 career wins in Buffalo rank second behind Ryan Miller’s 284, and his 55 shutouts are the most in Sabres history. In 9 seasons with the Sabres, the Czech native came to be known as “The Dominator,” winning the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender 6 times in eight years and the Hart Memorial Trophy as the League’s most valuable player in 1996-97 and 1997-98.
Hasek ended his career after the 2007-08 season with 389 fablous wins, which rank 11th in NHL history, and 81 shutouts, which rank sixth.