The Dominator is back, again

Dominik Hasek signs with Czech team HC Pardubice

21.04.2009
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Eleven years after winning the 1998 Olympics, Dominik Hasek will have his second comeback. Photo: IIHF Archives

PRAGUE – Dominik Hasek announced his second comeback at a press conference on Tuesday in Prague. He signed a one-year contract with his hometown team Moeller Pardubice.

“I’m glad that the club management came to me with this offer,” Hasek said. “I’m looking forward to next season with Pardubice.”

The 44-year-old already played for his hometown club until 1989 before his NHL career began and during the 1994-1995 lock-out. After he had announced the end of his career in 2002 and in 2008, it will be Hasek’s second comeback.

Hasek played in the NHL 1990-2008 for Chicago, Buffalo, Detroit and Ottawa, winning two Stanley Cups with Detroit, two Hart Memorial Trophies for the MVP and six Vezina Trophies for the best goalkeeper.

In his international play he was the key player in the Czech Republic’s gold-medal win at the 1998 Olympic Games – the first Olympics with full NHL participation. He also won bronze at the 2006 Olympics, silver at the 1983 World Championship and three times World Championship bronze (1987, 1989, 1990).


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