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Hasek says NHL should ‘embrace’ Olympics


As the NHL, NHLPA and IIHF look to work out a deal, which would see NHL players participate in the 2018 Olympics, one former NHLer believes the league should send its players.

Dominik Hasek, who was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame on the weekend, says the NHL should “embrace” the idea of going to PyeongChang, South Korea.

“To win it all for your country is to win for everyone and everything that is at the heart of who you are,” said Hasek. “To bring back the gold medal from Nagano was indescribable. I encourage the NHL to embrace it and give players like Jaromir Jagr one more shot at a party in the Old Town Square.”

There is currently no deal in place between the IIHF, NHL and NHLPA for players to participate at the 2018 Olympics.

Hasek participated in four Olympic games winning gold at Nagano in 1998.

Video: Sabres retire Dominik Hasek’s No. 39

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Prior to puck drop between the Red Wings and Sabres tonight Dominik Hasek’s No. 39 was raised to the rafters at the First Niagara Center.

The 49-year-old spent nine seasons as a member of the Sabres leading Buffalo to a Stanley Cup final appearance in 1999.

The Hall of Famer appeared in 491 regular season games with the Sabres posting a 234-170-70 record to go along with a 2.22 G.A.A. and a .926 save percentage.

While with the Sabres, Hasek won the Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP and the Lester B. Pearson Trophy as the league’s MVP as voted by the players in both 1997 and 1998. He also took home the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender six times while with the Sabres.

Here is the video tribute the Sabres played for Hasek tonight:

Hall Call: Hasek, Blake, Forsberg, and Modano make up 2014 Hall of Fame class

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The 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame induction class is one for the ages.

Dominik Hasek, Rob Blake, Peter Forsberg, and Mike Modano have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame for their storied careers as players.

Hasek was a six-time Vezina Trophy winner and a two-time winner of the Hart Trophy as league MVP while with the Buffalo Sabres. He’s also been a member of two Stanley Cup winning teams in Detroit with the Red Wings in 2002 and 2008.

Blake played for 20 years with the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche, and San Jose Sharks and won a Stanley Cup patrolling the blue line with the Avs in 2001. He scored 40 or more points in 12 seasons in the NHL and was a Hobey Baker Award finalist at Bowling Green.

Forsberg was as dominating a force as could be found in the NHL during his 14 seasons in the NHL. He was the Calder Trophy winner in 1995 and won two Stanley Cups with the Avalanche in 1996 and 2001. Originally a first-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers, he’ll forever be linked with Eric Lindros as part of the monster trade that sent Lindros to Philly and the building blocks to Cup winners to the Quebec Nordiques. He won the Hart Trophy in 2003 and won two Olympic gold medals with Sweden in 1994 and 2006.

source: APModano was the face of the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars franchise over 21 out of his 22 seasons in the NHL before finishing his career at home in Michigan with the Red Wings. In his career he piled up 561 goals and 1,374 points, the most ever by an American-born player. His crowning achievement came in 1999 winning the Stanley Cup with Dallas beating Hasek’s Sabres.

Also joining those four are longtime coach Pat Burns who was elected as a builder and referee Bill McCreary who was selected for his work as an official.

Burns was a three-time Jack Adams Award winner as coach of the year and won his lone Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2003. He’s forever known as being the face of the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1980s and ’90s.  He also led the Boston Bruins for four seasons in the late ’90s. Burns finished his career in 2004 with a career winning percentage of .574 but passed away in 2010 from cancer.

McCreary spent 27 years as a referee in the league working 1,700 regular season games and 282 playoff games. Known for his mustache and no-nonsense style, he earned the respect of everyone throughout the league and was often the man called on to officiate the biggest games. He also worked the 1998 and 2002 Olympics and earned the call to work the gold medal game in both tournaments.

USA Today’s Kevin Allen and CSNChicago’s Pat Foley are the 2014 Media Honorees. That group will be inducted on Monday, November 17 in Toronto.

PHT Morning Skate: Brett Hull just can’t leave Buffalo alone

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

If Brett Hull wasn’t already “persona non grata” in Buffalo he is now. He tweeted out the photo you see with the message, “Happy Halloween to all my friends in Buffalo!” That’s ice cold and a fantastic way to troll an entire fan base. (@2ndBestHull)

Eric Macramalla says the hubbub about the players’ union not knowing the NHL was going to contact the players is incorrect. (Offside Sports Blog)

Former Sabres forward Adam Mair will be coaching at Canisius College. (WKBW-Buffalo)

You’ll be happy/curious to know none of the Ottawa Senators took advantage of the owners’ 48-hour window to chat. (Ottawa Sun)

Rob Rossi seems to think there’s positive things to take out of the grim-looking labor war. (Tribune-Review)

Turns out Flyers forward Tom Sestito is just as rough in England as he is in North America as he sent a player to the hospital. (Broad Street Hockey)

James van Riemsdyk is thinking about playing in Finland. (Toronto Sun)

Since we started with Brett Hull, it’s only fitting that we end with Dominik Hasek as today marks Day 39 of the lockout.

Hasek on NHL comeback: “I’m very motivated”

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Over at NHL.com, there’s video of Dominik Hasek talking about his much-publicized return to the National Hockey League.

What’s noteworthy is the 47-year-old says he trains daily, has hired a goalie coach and is planning to ratchet things up next week.


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Report: Hasek looking for a multi-year deal

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