CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks traded goaltenders with Buffalo Friday, sending former Czechoslovakian star Dominik Hasek to the Sabres for Stephane Beauregard and future considerations.
Hasek, 27, was drafted by Chicago in the 11th round of the 1983 draft and came to the Blackhawks at the start of the 1990-91 season after playing nine seasons in Czechoslovakia.
He was Czechoslovakia's Goaltender of the Year every year from 1986- 90 and Player of the Year in 1987, '89 and '90, the last season keeping his goals-against average down to 2.13 in 40 games.
Highly touted as the European goaltending star who could stonewall even the best teams of the former Soviet Union, Hasek had trouble initially adjusting to NHL slap shots but solved that working with Chicago goaltending coach and former Soviet star Vladimir Tretiak.
Considering the Blackhawks' depth in goal, it was not surprising that they unloaded a netminder but doing so for another goalie is curious. Former No. 1 draft pick Jimmy Waite, selected eighth overall in 1987, has been waiting for his shot and alternated with Hasek during starter Ed Belfour's contract holdout.
Hasek posted a 3-0-1 record in five appearances in the 1990-91 season and spent the rest of the season with Indianapolis in the International Hockey League.
Last season, Hasek played in 20 games with the Blackhawks, going 10- 4-1 with one shutout and a 2.60 goals-against average.
Hasek's overall NHL record is 13-4-2 with one shutout and a 2.57 goals-against average. In his playoff career, Hasek has a 0-2 record and a 2.91 goals-against.
Beauregard, 24, was Winnipeg's third-round draft choice in 1988. He played junior hockey for St. Jean in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
During the 1988-89 season, Beauregard played for Moncton in the American Hockey League and Fort Wayne in the International Hockey League. He played for both Winnipeg and Fort Wayne in the 1989-90 season.
He played in 16 games for the Jets in in 1990-91 and 26 games last season, posting a 6-8-6 record with two shutouts and a 2.89 goals- against average.
In his overall NHL career, Beauregard has posted a 16-26-10 record with two shutouts and a 3.30 goals-against average. He has appeared in four playoff games, going 1-3 record with a 3.03 goals-against average.