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Czech hockey goalie Hasek definitively ends career – press

Czech ice hockey goalie Dominik Hasek, 47, Nagano Olympics’ gold medallist and twice Stanley Cup winner, has definitively ended his career, he says in daily Sport today.

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Hasek recently unsuccessfully negotiated with a few NHL clubs.
Last time he played for Spartak Moscow in the Kontinental League’s 2010-2011 season.
Afterwards he said he would try to return to the NHL. His agent Rich Winter negotiated with some clubs overseas, reportedly with Vancouver and Carolina.
“The negotiations continued until last Friday…In late September, training camps at [NHL] farms started, which was the only chance for me to return overseas. I pinned my hopes on it. I was training hard, I was ready to leave immediately,” Hasek told the paper.
Disappointed at the negotiations’ failure, he decided to end his career. “I don’t think my decision can be changed,” he said.
“I mainly regret that they did not give me a chance,” he added.
This is for the third time that Hasek, the two-times winner of the Hart Trophy for the most useful NHL player, is announcing the end of his career. He did so in 2002 and 2008 already, but he always returned to the scene after a pause. Now he says his departure is definitive.
He told Sport that he does not expect any NHL club to address him later. He previously ruled out playing for an European club. Nor did he accept his home club Pardubice’s offer to play in the Czech Elite League’s closely watched game against Kladno, a team for which another NHL star, Jaromir Jagr, is playing during the NHL lockout.
Hasek said he does not know what job he will take up, but he does not want to be a hockey coach.
Hasek is ending his career 31 years after joining the Czech hockey league in 1981. He played overseas from 1990, for Chicago, Buffalo, Detroit, with which he won Stanley Cup twice, and Ottawa. Between 1994 and 2001 he was six time the best player of the NHL regular part. He played a total of 735 NHL games and marked 81 shut-outs.
As a former member of the Czech national team, he won gold at the Nagano Olympics in 1998 and bronze at the Turin Olympics in 2006, plus one silver and three bronzes at world championships.
He won the Golden Stick award for the best Czech hockey player five times and the Czech Athlete of the Year poll twice.

Source: CTK


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2 Comments for “Czech hockey goalie Hasek definitively ends career – press”

  1. Guillaume Couture-Verreault

    (TV Documentary) Hockey United…in the name of hockey

    Hi to the hockey fans in Sweden,

    My name is Guillaume Couture-Verreault and I’m from Quebec City, Canada. My team and I are actually working on a TV 10 part’s documentary about hockey. Each part is on a differrent country between the world’s greatest hockey forces (Russia, Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Canada, USA, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic).  We are looking for new people to come in and help us in our researches in order to provide informations to all hockey fans in the world. We are especially looking for  influent people coming from North America to Europe, working in the world of hockey as professional players, coaches, journalists, hockey player’s agents, historians and specialists to take part to a filmed interview or any other way we could talk (telephone, skype,etc.). For the moment, we have found many interesting people such as journalists and hockey players and agents frome other countries, but we are still in need for people that work with hockey in Sweden (players, journalists, coaches, anyone who is credible and/or influent in the field of hockey) that could bring us informations about hockey in their country.

    We love hockey and we want to unite the world’s fans by making them learn more about how hockey is doing and being played in the world. With this documentary, we will be able to draw a realistic portrait of hockey in each of the big « hockey countries » and then to share this with all of the hockey fans in the world. We already have a list of 10 countries to go to, to learn from the culture of hockey there, from the fans, the players, the coaches, etc. 

    We want to understand how every league operates, how do the young players develop to become the stars of tomorrow, how the stars of today became what they are? What’s the difference between the generations? What kind of coverage hockey gets by the local medias? We want to sort some comparative statistics about the amount of hockey players, leagues and arenas in the country. In brief, we want to work with people as passioned as we are to promote this beautiful sport that is hockey.

    Any help or information would be very appreciated.

    Knowing that you might be very busy, we still sincerely hope that the project interests you and that we will have the chance to hear from you soon.

    In the name of hockey,
    Thank you for your patience and attention. It’s very appreciated.

    Dont hesitate to contact us.

    Guillaume Couture-Verreault,
    Co-director of Hockey United
    Québec, QC, Canada

    Louis Hébert,
    Co-director of Hockey United
    Québec, QC, Canada

  2. Guillaume Couture-Verreault

    Sorry, I just copied the message and I didnt replace Sweden, because we are also going over there as well. But we need to talk with people close to the hockey world (journalists, players, coaches, etc.) in Czech Republic. We want to promote hockey in the world, by showing how its doing in the main countries that hockey is played.

    Sorry for the mistake about Sweden.

    We hope to have some news from you.

    Guillaume Couture-Verreault,
    Co-director of Hockey United
    Québec, QC, Canada

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