THE DOMINATOR

In his 11 seasons in the NHL, DOMINIK HASEK has twice been named the league’s MVP and has five Vezina Trophies for top goaltender. As the 35-year-old netminder sees his contract with the Buffalo Sabres coming up next year, he has time to reflect on the one trophy missing from his mantle, the Stanley Cup.

AW: It’s rumored you’re considering retirement. Is this the year?
DH: The Sabres hold an option for one more year after this one, so I do have another year on my contract. After I play my last game for the Buffalo Sabres, I’ll let you know. My goal is to play well the whole season. We have big goals this year. We know we’ll be better than last year, and we want to do our job. I’m focused on the season.

AW: What is your favorite moment in the NHL?
DH: I don’t have a specific moment or one individual achievement that stands out. I guess if I had to choose, winning the MVP award twice [1997 and 1998] and playing in the Stanley Cup finals [1999] would be a few that come to mind.     

AW: How do you want to be remembered as a player?
DH: As a team player and someone who gave 100 percent all of the time and wanted to win and helped his teammates be successful.

AW: Any particular opponent you love to beat?
DH: No, I want to beat every team. It doesn’t matter who the opponent is, I want to win and do everything I can to win the Stanley Cup.