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Red Wings goalie Hasek retires days following Stanley Cup triumph

Red Wings goalie Hasek retires days following Stanley Cup triumph

Dominik Hasek announced his retirement from ice hockey during a news conference in Detroit on Monday, only days after the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in six games over Pittsburgh.
"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 National Hockey League 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 league 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 player of the year leaves on a mixed note.
Hasek, the only goalie to win the player of the year 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.
"I am leaving this game feeling very, very happy because of all the memories and all the friendships I have made with all of you," he said.
Hasek won 389 games with the Red Wings, Ottawa Senators, Buffalo Sabres and Chicago Blackhawks, who selected him in the 10th round of the NHL draft in 1983 and had to wait until the 1990-91 season to transfer him to North America. Chicago kept him just two seasons, then watched him become one of the league's greats in Buffalo.
Hasek ranks 10th in NHL career victories for a goaltender, 10th in goals against average, 18th in games and is tied for sixth in shutouts, according to STATS Inc., a Chicago-area sports statistics and information company.
Hasek also led the Czech Republic to the Olympic title at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games.


Updated : 2021-05-14 05:07 GMT+08:00