Formal induction to take place March 29
The Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame selection committee today announced the induction of Dominik Hasek into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame. Hasek, one of the most prolific goaltenders in NHL history, will be officially inducted as the 42nd member of the Sabres Hall of Fame in a ceremony on March 29, prior to the team's home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at First Niagara Center.
Hasek, who was originally acquired by the Sabres from the Chicago Blackhawks on Aug. 7, 1992, remains one of the most decorated goaltenders in team and league history, appearing in a total of 491 games for the Blue and Gold over a span of nine seasons from 1992-2001. While backstopping the Sabres, he became the first goaltender in NHL history to win the Hart Trophy twice (1997 and 1998), while also capturing six Vezina Trophies (1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2001) as well as the Wiliam M. Jennings Trophy (1994 and 2001) and the Lester B. Pearson Award twice (1997 and 1998).
During his time in Buffalo, Hasek held numerous franchise records and, upon his departure from the Sabres, owned the records for most all-time games played (491), wins (234), shutouts (55) and lowest career goals-against average (2.22). Hasek appeared in a career-high 72 games for the club in the 1997-98 season, setting a team record with 13 shutouts, only to follow that up with a career-best 1.87 GAA, .937 save percentage and a Stanley Cup Final berth in 1998-99.
After his time with the Sabres, he spent a total of four seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, where he earned a pair of Stanley Cup championships (2002 and 2008) and also suited up for the Ottawa Senators during the 2005-06 season.
When he retired from the NHL in 2008, Hasek finished with 389 career wins, and also ranked inside the top 10 in several statistical categories, including highest career save percentage (.922), most games played by a European-born goaltender (735), most career shutouts (81) and lowest career goals-against average (2.13). In international competition, the Pardubice, Czech Republic, native won a gold medal in the 1998 Winter Olympic Games and a bronze medal in the 2006 games.
The Sabres Hall of Fame committee is comprised of Scott Bowman, Seymour Knox IV, Kevin Gavagan, Jim Lorentz, Michael Gilbert, John Murphy, Bucky Gleason, Wayne Redshaw, Bill Hajt, Jeff Russo, Ed Kilgore, Floyd Smith and Peter Andrews.
Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame Members
Class of 1980
Frank Christie, Roger Crozier, George "Punch" Imlach
Class of 1982
Tim Horton, Fred T. Hunt
Class of 1986
David Forman, Don Luce, Craig Ramsay
Class of 1989
Richard Martin, Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert
Class of 1994
Class of 1995
Jim Schoenfeld, Robert O. Swados
Class of 1996
Ted Darling, Seymour H. Knox III, Northrup R. Knox
Class of 1998
Jack Gatecliff, Larry Playfair
Class of 2000
Don Edwards, Bill Hajt, Wayne Redshaw, Robert "Rip" Simonick
Class of 2001
Jerry Korab, Mike Racicot, Mike Ramsey
Class of 2004
Mike Foligno, Dick Johnston, Pat LaFontaine, Rudy Migay, Robert E. Rich Jr., George Strawbridge
Class of 2007
Class of 2009
Dave Andreychuk, Milt Ellis
Class of 2010
Joe Crozier, Jim Lorentz
Class of 2011
Alexander Mogilny, Jim Kelley
Class of 2012
Dale Hawerchuk, Rick Jeanneret