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Hasek enjoying retirement in preparing to be inducted into Buffalo Sabres' Hall of Fame

Friday, 03.28.2014 / 3:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Hasek enjoying retirement in preparing to be inducted into Buffalo Sabres' Hall of Fame

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Having spent several years going back and forth on retirement, The Dominator insists this time he is, indeed, done.

Dominik Hasek still enjoys playing pickup hockey a few times a week in his native Czech Republic. The closest he intends to come to an NHL rink these days will occur Saturday. That's when the Buffalo Sabres will induct their former star goalie into their Hall of Fame before playing the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Not even the prospect of joining the last-place Sabres (20-45-8), who are in desperate need of experienced goaltending, is enough to lure the 49-year-old Hasek back to the crease.

Thanks, but no thanks, he said with a laugh on Friday.

The six-time Vezina Trophy winner spent the prime of his 16-season NHL career in Buffalo from 1992-2001.

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I definitely think going back down helped me, I had a lot of confidence down there, I played a lot of minutes and I think that helped me a lot. With the 37 games up here, that gave me experience as well. I know what it takes to play in the NHL and now it's time for me to show that I'm capable of being a full-time NHL player.

— Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl on finishing the 2014-15 season in juniors after playing 37 games with Edmonton to begin the season