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Hasek, Dominik

Born: 1965 AD
Currently alive, at 56 years of age.
Nationality: Czech
Categories: Athlete, Hockey Player

1965 – Dominik Hasek, born on the 29th of January in Pardubice, Czechoslovakia, currently the Czech Republic. He is a professional National Hockey League (NHL) goaltender for the Detroit Red Wings.

1981 – At the age of 16 he joined the top hockey league in the country.

1983 – Entered the NHL draft and was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks.

1986 – 1990 – Goaltender of the Year.

1987 – 1988 – The Blackhawks offered him a contract, but he rejected it because at that time he did not feel the desire to leave his home country to play in North America.

1987 – 1989 – Playing for his home team HC Pardubice of the Czechoslovak Extraliga, winning two league titles.

1987 – 1990 – He was named the top ice hockey player of the Czechoslovak Extraliga.

1990 – Played in his native Czechoslovakia for HC Pardubice and HC Jihlava.

1993 – 2001 – He won six Vezina Trophies.

1996 – 1997 – Continued success in the 96–97 season was overshadowed by a conflict with then-head coach Ted Nolan.

1997 – 1998 – Played a career high 72 games in the 97–98 season, and set a team record with 13 shutouts.

1998 – He became the first goaltender to win consecutive Hart Trophies.

       – During the 98′ Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, he led the Czech national ice hockey team to its first and only Olympic gold medal.

       – He donated the $10,000 prize money after winning the Pearson Award to the Variety Club of Buffalo.

1999 – Averaged a career best 1.87 GAA and .937 save percentage, easily capturing him his third consecutive Vezina.

1999 – 2000 – He was hampered by a nagging groin injury.

2000 – 2001 – His final season with Buffalo, he set a modern era record by collecting his sixth Vezina Trophy. He also won his second William M. Jennings Trophy.

2002 – While with the Red Wings in 02’, he became the first European starting goaltender to win the Stanley Cup.

2003 – 2004 – Injured his groin after playing just 14 games.

2004 – In April, he underwent groin surgery in Prague, and returned to his hometown of Pardubice to recuperate.

2006 – On the 31st of July, at the age of 41, he joined the Red Wings for the third time.