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Sabres' goalie Dominik Hasek (#39) stops a shot
BUF96022501-25 FEB 96-BUFFALO, N.Y., USA: Buffalo Sabres' goalie Dominik Hasek (#39) stops a shot by Florida Panthers' right winger Brad Smyth (#19) in the first period, February 25, in Buffalo, N.Y. UPI mm/Micharl J. Miller
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Dominik "The Dominator" Hašek (Czech pronunciation: ; born January 29, 1965) is a Czech ice hockey goaltender who currently plays for HC Pardubice in Czech Extraliga.

In his 16-season National Hockey League (NHL) career, he played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, and the Ottawa Senators. During his years in Buffalo, he became one of the league's finest goaltenders, earning him the nickname "The Dominator". His strong play has been credited with establishing European goaltenders in a league widely dominated by North Americans.

Hašek was one of the league's most successful goaltenders of the 1990s and early 2000s. From 1993 to 2001, he won six Vezina Trophies, and in 1998 he became the first goaltender to win consecutive Hart Trophies. During the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, he led the Czech national ice hockey team to its first and only Olympic gold medal. The feat made him a popular figure in his home country and prompted hockey legend Wayne Gretzky to call him "the best player in the game". While with the Red Wings in 2002, Hašek became the first European starting goaltender to win the Stanley Cup. In the process, he set a record for shutouts in a postseason year.

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