BUFFALO -- Hockey Hall of Fame member Dominik Hasek will have his number retired by the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, prior to their game against the Detroit Red Wings. The ceremony serves to be a homecoming for him.
Hasek was inducted into the Sabres Hall of Fame last season, but with his No. 39 destined for the rafters at First Niagara Center, the memories of his time here have flooded back.
"It's an accomplishment of what I was able to do for this organization and for this community and for this city, for the people of Buffalo," Hasek said. "I'm honored to be one of seven players whose jersey was retired and be next to the greatest, Gilbert Perreault and his linemates and Tim Horton and Danny Gare and my great teammate Pat LaFontaine.
"It's going to be a great honor to have my No. 39 retired. I cannot be more thankful for what this city and this organization has done for me. I was trying to do the best on the ice and now they feel like my jersey's retired and I appreciate it. It's a great honor.”