As I tell many goalies, every player wakes up one morning knowing his hockey career is over. That morning came to Hasek in the last few days.
Hasek retires as one of the giants of goaltending. For many years, he was clearly the best goalie and hockey player in the world. Although not as great as he once was, he still had a very good 2007-08 season particularly if you consider he is 43 years old. But the chance of him becoming a starter in Detroit next season is very slim and I think he realized it was time to move on.
Best of luck Dom.
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