DETROIT -- Dominik Hasek, the goaltender known as the Dominator, retired Monday because he said he lacked the motivation for a 17th season.
"I don't feel today that I'm ready to compete on the highest level," Hasek said during a news conference at Joe Louis Arena. "Not because of the physical things, but because I need motivation every day. ... Right now I don't feel it's there, and I don't want to disappoint anybody."
Hasek's announcement came five days after the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in six games over Pittsburgh.
Detroit general manager Ken Holland said Hasek's place in history is secured, calling him not only one of the greatest goalies of his era -- along with Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur -- but also one of the best in NHL history.
"He's a first-ballot Hall of Famer," Holland said. "And one of the greatest goaltenders to ever play the game."
The six-time Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's top goaltender and two-time Hart Trophy winner as the league's MVP leaves on a mixed note.
Hasek, the only goalie to win the MVP award twice, lost his job during Detroit's run to the Cup. The 43-year-old from the Czech Republic was benched during the opening-round series in favor of Chris Osgood and never regained the starting job.
|Dominik Hasek won two Hart Trophies with Buffalo in '97 and '98. (Getty Images)|
Holland said he didn't try to persuade Hasek to return for another season.
"There was nothing to discuss," Holland said. "Dom was completely at peace with the decision that he had made."
Hasek won 389 games with the Red Wings, Ottawa Senators, Buffalo Sabres and Chicago Blackhawks, who drafted him in the 10th round in 1983 and had to wait until the 1990-91 season to get him on the ice. Chicago kept him just two seasons, then watched him become one of the game's greats in Buffalo.
Hasek ranks 10th in NHL history in wins, 10th in goals against average, 18th in games and is tied for sixth in shutouts, according to STATS.
He won 65 playoff games -- including 16 in 2002 when he won his first Stanley Cup with Detroit -- and gave up an average of just two goals in the postseason.