was taken during the national anthem.
Hasek will no doubt be a first-ballot hall of famer, and he's earned a place in the discussion for the greatest goaltender of his generation. Here's a look back at one of the sport's most memorable legends.
April 14, 1984 - Disappointed by the fading prominence of the local Czechoslovakian breakdancing scene, a teenaged Hasek asks his guidance counselor if there are any other careers where he can spend all his time randomly spinning around on his back for no reason.
August 7, 1992 – The Blackhawks trade Hasek to the Sabres for Stephane Beauregard, reasoning that they couldn't turn down the chance to acquire a player so good that he was once actually traded for future Hall-of-Famer Dominik Hasek.
February 11, 1995 – In yet another example of the sort of unbelievable rumors that can plague professional athletes, Hasek hears a crazy story that somebody somewhere may have come up with a new goalie mask design since 1983.
June 25, 1997 - Hasek's disparaging comments about the future of Sabres' coach Ted Nolan shock the hockey world, in the sense that it marks the only known instance of anyone understanding a word he's ever said.
February 20, 1998 - Hasek stones Team Canada during a shootout at the Nagano Olympics, in what every Canadian agrees was the worst moment of their life to happen at 3:00 a.m. that they're willing to admit to.
June 19, 1999 - The hockey world learns that "Goalies never win the Hart Trophy" and "Playing a traditional style is the only way to succeed" are apparently not the only longstanding rules that don't apply when Hasek is in the crease.
July 1, 2001 - After being traded to the Red Wings, Hasek thanks Detroit management for making the deal and expresses his excitement at contending for a Stanley Cup championship and asks why Jimmy Devellano is making him wear this cowbell.
June 25, 2002 - A tearful Hasek announces his retirement from the NHL, explaining that after careful consideration he's decided to spend more time with his family plotting ways to totally screw over Curtis Joseph in a year.
February 15, 2006 - Ottawa Senator fans set a world record for the most people in one city to simultaneously have open browser tabs for the WebMD "adductor muscle" page and a Google search for "24-hour alcohol delivery".
June 9, 2008 – A 43-year-old Hasek announces his retirement from the Red Wings because, he will later explain, he's tired of Old Man Chelios always hassling him.
April 29, 2009 – Upon hearing that Hasek has signed a contract to resume his career in the Czech league, Peter Forsberg takes him aside to tell him the constant retirements and comebacks are maybe getting to be a little much.
May 25, 2012 - Hasek continues to defy the odds when he announces his intention to return to the NHL for a team that would be desperate enough to hand the starter's job to a retired 47-year-old while resisting the urge to immediately add "So, Brian Burke, I'm looking in your direction".
October 9, 2012 – Hasek announces that the ongoing lockout has forced him to give up hope that he will ever find himself returning to an NHL arena, causing every hockey fan to sadly mutter "You and me both".
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