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Sabres to retire Dominik Hasek's number next season

By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

Dominik Hasek's number will head to the rafters in Buffalo next year. (USATSI)
Dominik Hasek's number will head to the rafters in Buffalo next year. (Getty)

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One of the greatest netminders to grace an NHL crease will finally have his number retired by the team with which he made his name. Dominik Hasek's iconic No. 39 will be raised to the rafters by the Buffalo Sabres next season, the team announced.

The legendary netminder spent nine seasons with the Sabres during which he collected a whole lot of hardware. He won the Hart Trophy as league MVP in back-to-back years, the first goalie to win the award twice. He also picked up six Vezina Trophies while in Buffalo including three straight from 1997-1999.

The Czech netminder posted 234 wins, a mark since surpassed by Ryan Miller. Hasek still owns the Sabres' franchise marks for save percentage (.926), goals-against average (2.22) and shutouts (55).

The team made the playoffs in all but one season in Hasek's time in Buffalo, reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 1999. He did manage to finish his storied career with a couple of Stanley Cups, each won with the Detroit Red Wings. The native of Pardubice, Czech Republic, also led his home country to the Olympic gold medal in 1998.

“The Dominator” will join Sabres legends Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin, Rene Robert, Tim Horton, Danny Gare and Pat LaFontaine with numbers retired. The date for the jersey retirement has not yet been set, but will take place during the 2014-15 season.

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