Hasek making a comeback?
At one point, Dominik Hasek was the most insane goalie in all of hockey. He would stand on his head and make your jaw drop pretty much on a nightly basis. But then a funny thing happened: he got old. He retired from hockey in 2008 after the Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup (with Hasek getting benched for Chris Osgood).
Now, according to his agent, Ritch Winter, Hasek is planning a comeback at age 47.
“He will play,” Winter said to ProHockeyTalk. “There is no option. He will play and he will excel and he will do all of the things he can do.
“That’s his view of it. There’s one objective, and that’s it — he won’t fail.”
Either this guy is bored as hell, or he spent all of his money. When you hear things like “there is no option,” it makes you think he invested in a lot of bad restaurants.
“He’s done all of the stuff you’d expect a NASA scientist to do before they go into a venture like this,” Winter told ProHockeyTalk. “He’s measured his reflexes, he’s measured his reaction time and it’s identical to what it was at the time he won a number of Vezina trophies. He’s actually 1.6 pounds off his playing weight at the Nagano Olympics (in 1998).
“Who keeps records like that? I guess Dom. Who knows their body, does reaction time and reflex training and measurement? I guess Dom.”
We’re interested in knowing more about his motivation for a comeback. Is it a Tiki Barber situation? Or is he a guy like Jaromir Jagr that just can’t stop playing?