By Nick Stoico
Legendary netminder Dominik Hasek was welcomed into the Sabres Hall of Fame on Saturday night at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY. On Friday, the Sabres announced they will raise the No. 39 he wore in Buffalo from 1992 to 2001 during in the 2014-15 season.
Nicknamed "The Dominator," Hasek earned six Vezina Trophies as the NHL's best goaltender in his 16-season career and ranks among the all-time leaders in wins, saves, goals against average, save percentage, shutouts, and total time on ice. Hasek, who was acquired by the Sabres from the Chicago Blackhawks in the summer prior to the 1992-93 season, was also a six-time NHL All-Star and added two Hart Memorial Trophies as the NHL's most valuable player to his trophy case. One the greatest goaltenders in league history, Hasek dominated the NHL in the 1990s - he holds the top five single-season save percentages for the entire decade.
Hasek led the Sabres to the Stanley Cup Final in 1999, coming just short of lifting the trophy after a controversial game-winning goal in the third overtime of the series-clinching game against the Dallas Stars, a moment seared in the memories of Sabres fans.
He did, however, go on to win two Cups with the Red Wings in 2002 and 2008 after being dealt to Detroit in 2001.
In addition to the humbling tribute video played on the jumbotron at the FNC, the Sabres also presented a very fitting gift for a guy known as "The Dominator":