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Dominik Hasek retires, ends NHL comeback attempt

Dominik Hasek retires, ends NHL comeback attempt

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

Dominik Hasek, at the age of 47, was hopeful that some NHL team would give him an opportunity to show that he can still contribute at the highest level.

After receiving little to no interest (and no contract offer), it appears Hasek has given up on making an NHL comeback. He told the Czech publication Daily Sport that it is "very unlikely" that he will play again.

Hasek told Sport, via an IIHF translation: “It's very sad, but there is nothing you can do. I realized that it's time to retire.”

He last played in the NHL during the 2007-08 season with the Detroit Red Wings (during their last Stanley Cup season) and appeared in 41 games with a .903 save percentage. For his career, which included time with the Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators, and Detroit Red Wings, he posted a 389-223-95 record with a .922 save percentage.

He was not only one of the best goalies to ever play in the NHL, winning six Vezina Trophies and two MVP awards, he was also one of the most entertaining due to his unorthodox style that produced countless highlight reel saves (as seen in the above video).

Even though he hadn't played in the NHL since 2008, he spent the 2010-11 season playing for Spartak Moscow in the KHL.

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February 20, 2017


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