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.Dominik Hašek
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.
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