Hasek headlines Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2014

Mon Jun 23, 2014 5:18pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Dominik Hasek, a six-time Vezina Trophy winner as the National Hockey League's best goalie and twice league MVP, was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday as part of a six-member class of 2014.

Also gaining induction in the Player category were American Mike Modano and Canadian Rob Blake. Late coach Pat Burns was selected in the Builder category while former referee Bill McCreary was added in the Referee/Linesman category.

"My goal was just to make the NHL, and achieving this recognition is far beyond what I could have imagined," Hasek said in a statement released by the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Hasek played nine seasons professionally in his native Czech Republic before joining the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks in 1990.

He eventually joined the Buffalo Sabres where he went on to win six Vezina Trophies during an eight-season span that also saw him become the first goalie to win the Hart Memorial Trophy as most valuable player since Jacques Plante in 1962.

Hasek won Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings in 2002 and 2008 and also backstopped the Czech Republic to Olympic gold at the 1998 Nagano Games.

Modano holds the NHL record for most goals (561) and points (1,374) by an American-born player and led the Dallas Stars to their only Stanley Cup in the 1998-99 season.

He was drafted first overall in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft from the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL by the Minnesota North Stars franchise, with whom he played 21 of his 22 NHL seasons.

Modano's best offensive season was in the 1993-94 campaign, the first as the Dallas Stars after relocating from Minnesota, when he had 50 goals and 93 points.   Continued...

Dominik Hasek addresses a press conference in Prague April 21, 2009. REUTERS/Petr Josek