It won’t be as glamerous as a championship banner, but the Buffalo Sabres do have a banner raising celebration to look forward to for next season.
Finally retiring from professional hockey at the age of 47 – the Buffalo Sabres will no doubt honor the greatest goaltender that ever strapped on the pads, by adding his number along side the French Connection, Tim Horton, Pat LaFontaine, and Danny Gare.
What a momentum spark as well to have something to celebrate other than just the start of another season. While the Buffalo Sabres will not likely raise his banner on opening night – team officials should clamour for the schedulers to make it happen.
Dominik Hasek played for four National Hockey League teams. The Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators, and Detroit Red Wings.
Is it too much to ask that one of those teams open the 2013-2014 regular season campaign in Buffalo to witness the raising of his banner? Sure you would want it to be the Detroit team that is present, as that is where he won his Stanley Cup.
If Detroit is not scheduled to make a Buffalo appearance (which they should be in the same conference next year if realignment goes properly) – then you would most certainly do it on a night that the Ottawa Senators are in town.
Team’s don’t generally do a retirement on the first night of the season, however Buffalo could make an exception to get the fans excited about something.
Hasek’s NHL career started with the roll of the dice. Drafted in the 10th round overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1983 NHL entry draft, it took him 8 years to find his way from behind the Iron Curtain and the American Hockey League and onto North American ice. It wasn’t until he was traded to the Buffalo Sabres that he broke out in the National Hockey League and amazed the world with his style of play.
Dominik Hasek will be the seventh player in Buffalo Sabres history to have his number raised to the rafters and forever taken out of circulation for the Blue and Gold.
Only the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, and Montreal Canadiens have more retired numbers than the Buffalo Sabres. (Toronto only has two officially retired numbers, the other numbers are honored).
Do the Buffalo Sabres have enough history to continue retiring numbers at this pace? Is there another player in the ghosts of Sabres past that deserve to have their number considered for retirement?