BUFFALO -- Dominik Hasek was one of the top goalies in the NHL for most of his career. He may have been the best in the world during his nine seasons with the Buffalo Sabres.
The Sabres will induct Hasek into their Hall of Fame on Saturday night; they announced Friday that they will retire his No. 39 next season. Returning to the city where he made his biggest mark as a professional to be honored is something he's taken to heart.
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"I'm very excited to be invited to Buffalo to be invited to go into the Buffalo Sabres
Hall of Fame, to be among these 51 or 52 people, I'm very appreciative," Hasek said. "To be back in Buffalo to meet and see some friends and people I worked with and spent such a great time with, it always means something for me."
Hasek joined the Sabres on Aug. 7, 1992, when he was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks. For the next nine seasons, Hasek earned his nickname of "The Dominator" by winning the Hart Trophy as the NHLs most valuable player twice and the Vezina Trophy as the League's top goalie six times.