"With this injury, my chance to participate in the 2010 Olympics is quite low."
-- Dominik Hasek
has all but ruled himself out of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, according to reports.
Hasek, 44, suffered a thigh injury during weekend play in the Czech league and will be out for at least the next three weeks. In a worst-case scenario, Hasek could miss six weeks.
"With this injury, my chance to participate in the 2010 Olympics is quite low," Hasek was quoted as saying in the report on CTVOlympics.ca.
Hasek led the Czech Republic to the gold medal in 1998 in Nagano, Japan in the first Olympic tournament featuring NHL players. Hasek, who played to a 2.20 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage in 735 NHL games, also won a Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings
He retired after winning that Cup, but returned to action a year later, signing with his hometown team, HC Pardubice, in hopes of re-honing his game to be part of the Olympic picture.
In 15 games this season, he had posted a 2.54 goals against average and a .918 save percentage.
Earlier this year, the Czech Republic Ice Hockey Federation submitted a list of 60 players being considered for the Olympics. That list featured eight goalies, including Florida's Tomas Vokoun