Hasek to be Honored by Sabres This Weekend and Next Year
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - During the 1990's and early 2000's, "The Dominator" stood guard between the pipes for the Buffalo Sabres.
Friday, Hasek was back in Buffalo where he will be inducted in to the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame.
The Sabres also announced on Monday that Hasek would be the seventh player in team history to have his jersey number retired by the team. Hasek's number 39 will go in to the rafters at First Niagara Center in a separate ceremony next year.
While speaking to the media Hasek talked about how he enjoyed his time in Buffalo, and said that he still follows the team. "I know the Sabres don't do so well this year," Hasek said. "Of course I follow what's going on and the Sabres always stay in my heart so I know what's going on with the changes and how they do."
"I'd like to see this team do better. It's very disappointing to me to see this team not in a good place."
Hasek said because of the team's record he understands the changes that were made, including the decision to bring back coach Ted Nolan. The two had a famously tense relationship during Noaln's first tenure with the team.
"Ted Nolan, he was my coach. I know there was some question on the relationship between me and him, but what can I say? I believe he's the coach right now and he will help the team to improve."
Hasek said that he planned on speaking with Nolan while he was in town. "I'd like to see him, and I'm looking forward to seeing him. Whatever happened, what can I say about it? Sometimes you feel a different way than the other person, sometimes you feel that your decision is better than his decision."
"I am looking forward to seeing him today, and wish him good luck to improve the Sabres."
The former netminder did say that he's optimistic about the team's future.
"I believe that one day Buffalo will win the Cup. This city deserves to win one day. I don't know when it's going to happen, but it will happen."
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.
After his time with the Sabres, he spent a total of four seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, where he earned a pair of Stanley Cup championships (2002 & 2008) and also suited up for the Ottawa Senators during the 2005-06 season.