Yesterday – June 1, 2012 – marked the 20th anniversary of the night we first saw Dominik Hasek. It was a lonely night in the Chicago Blackhawks’ cage, as the Pittsburgh Penguins eventually broke through the Czech nightmare’s stingy goaltending, winning 6-5 to finish off a sweep of a series and win their second straight Cup, 4-0.
Of course, Hasek was never really broken. He had actually come in for Ed Belfour, the All-Star netminder who had won the Cader Trophy only one year prior, and who win win a Cup in 1999 and Olympic Gold Medal in 2002. Hasek was there to do something, if anything.
So, it was this little guy with a funny helmet that took over the duties, stopping Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Ron Francis multiple times and giving us the first glimpse of the greatest goaltender of all-time: