Sports Now

Sports news from Los Angeles and beyond

« Previous Post | Sports Now Home | Next Post »

Dominik Hasek, 44, comes out of retirement, will play for Czech league

April 21, 2009 |  9:51 am

Dominik Hasek let one get by him in a playoff game two years ago. Dominik Hasek is 44 but simply can't bring himself to give up the game.

The goaltender, who won the Vezina Trophy six times as the NHL's best net-minder and was named the league's most valuable player twice, is coming out of retirement to play in the top Czech league.

He will play for HC Moeller Pardubice in the town where he was born and started his career.

"I'm really glad I could sign a deal with this club," Hasek told a news conference in Prague today.

"A year ago I said goodbye to the NHL," he added, "but not to hockey."

Hasek retired from the Detroit Red Wings in June after the team won yet another Stanley Cup.

-- Debbie Goffa

Photo: Dominik Hasek let this one get by him two years ago in a playoff game against the Ducks. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times