1. Dominik Hasek

1. Dominik Hasek

We can understand if you think we should have gone with Gilbert Perreault for this spot, but after you read this, maybe you will see why we went with Dominik Hasek.

An All-Rookie with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1991-92, Chicago traded him to the Buffalo Sabres as they already had Ed Belfour.  Hasek brought his unconventional goaltending style to Western New York, and what evolved was the best Goalie of the 1990s.  

The Czech star was a backup initially in Buffalo, but he soon took over, and from the 1993-94 season until his departure in 2001, Hasek went on a stretch of dominance (he was the Dominator” after all) that few athletes regardless of sport can match.  In that eight-year timeframe, Hasek won two Hart Trophies, two Lester B. Pearson Awards, six Vezinas, was a six-time First Team All-Star, a six-time leader in Save Percentage, and one-time leader in Goals Against Average.  The only thing that he could not do was win a Stanley Cup, and it was not as if Hasek didn’t do everything he could to get the Sabres their first championship.  Hasek did take them to the Finals against Dallas, but with all due respect to the rest of the Sabres, Hasek was their superstar, and nobody else on the team approached his level.

Nobody knew that fact better than Hasek himself.  Growing old and frustrated, Hasek forced a trade out of Buffalo in 2001, and in his first year out, won the Cup with the Detroit Red Wings.  Years later, all was forgiven, and his number 39 was retired by the team, as well being inducted into the Sabres Hall of Fame.

Hasek was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Goalie
  • Acquired: Traded from the Chicago Blackhawks for Stephane Beauregard and Buffalo’s 1993 4th Round Pick (which would be Eric Daze) 8/7/92.
  • Departed: Traded to the Detroit Red Wings for Vyacheslav Kozlov and Detroit’s 2002 1st Round Pick (which was later traded to Atlanta who chose Jim Slater) 7/1/02.
  • Games Played: 491
  • Notable Statistics:

    234 Wins                        
    170 Losses
    70 Ties
    2.22 Goals Against Average
    .926 Save Percentage
    116.3 Goalie Point Shares
    37-30 Playoff Record, 2.04 GAA

  • Played For: Buffalo Sabres
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Hart Trophy (1997 & 1998)
    Ted Lindsay Award (1997 & 1998)
    Vezina Trophy (1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999 & 2001)
    William M. Jennings Trophy (1994 & 2001)
    First Team All-Star (1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999 & 2001)
    All-Star Game (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 & 2001)
    Most Games Played by a Goalie (1997-98)
    Most Wins (2001-02)
    Most Saves (1997-98)
    Highest Save Percentage (1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 & 1998-99)
    Lowest Goals Against Average (1993-94 & 1994-95)
    Most Shutouts (1993-94, 1994-95, 1997-98 & 2000-01)
    Most Minutes Played (1997-98)
    Most Goalie Point Shares (1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 & 1998-99)
    Most Point Shares (1994-95, 1996-97, 1997-98 & 1998-99)

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