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Buffalo Sabres to retire Dominik Hasek's No. 39

By Mike Zeisberger, Toronto Sun

Buffalo Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek makes a save on the Pittsburgh Penguins during second period action in Game 7 of their second round NHL playoff game in Buffalo on May 10, 2001. (REUTERS)

Buffalo Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek makes a save on the Pittsburgh Penguins during second period action in Game 7 of their second round NHL playoff game in Buffalo on May 10, 2001. (REUTERS)

In the rafters of Buffalo's First Niagara Center, the retired jerseys of The French Connection and Pat "La-la-la-la Lafontaine" are about to get some company.

Indeed, the No. 39 of the Dominator is about to join them.

The Sabres announced Monday that the jersey of all-world goalie Dominik Hasek will officially be retired prior to the team's home game against the Detroit Red Wings on Jan. 13. For the record, The Dominator was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame on March 29 and will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 17.

Hasek will join six other Sabres legends who have had their jerseys officially retired from use by the team, a list that includes French Connection members Gilbert Perreault (No. 11, retired in 1990), Rick Martin (No. 7, retired in 1995) and Rene Robert (No. 14, retired in 1995); Tim Horton (No. 2, retired in 1996); Danny Gare (No. 18, retired in 2005); and Pat LaFontaine (No. 16, retired in 2006).

Hasek appeared in 491 games for the Sabres and became the first goaltender in NHL history to win the Hart Trophy twice (1997 & 1998), while also capturing six Vezina Trophies (1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999 & 2001) as well as the William M. Jennings Trophy (1994 & 2001) and the Lester B. Pearson Award twice (1997 & 1998).

CROSS CHECKS

Dallas Stars centre Tyler Seguin, Anaheim Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen and Tampa Bay Lightning centre Steven Stamkos were named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Oct. 19. Seguin led the NHL with eight points over that span ... Stars defenceman Patrik Nemeth is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season because of an arm laceration sustained Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers ... Red Wings centre Pavel Datsyuk, who has missed the first five games of the season with a separated shoulder, could return to the lineup on Tuesday against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre, according to the Detroit Free Press. Goaltender Jimmy Howard (groin) might also return to the lineup. Forward Johan Franzen, meanwhile, was put on the seven-day injured reserve list.

mike.zeisberger@sunmedia.ca

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