As much as I could go on and on about how the Buffalo Sabres ruined the banner raising ceremony for Dominik Hasek, my favorite moment was watching the number 39 being raised to the banner.
Growing up a Buffalo Sabres fan in the 1990s, there was no better player to watch in the National Hockey League. I remember playing pickup games with friends – and everyone wanted to try and make a save like Dominik Hasek. There was only one problem with that, most people with a spine and bones, can’t move like that.
There were those times that I made a lucky save however, (I wasn’t a very good goalie, but it was my favorite position) – and my friends would poke fun at me for channeling my inner Hasek.
Why the Buffalo Sabres botched the program so much, not having teammates on the ice with him, having no one from the organization out there to support him, shake his hand – it seemed a very unfair capstone for the guys career.
In a season where the Buffalo Sabres needed to capitalize on every positive moment they could, the celebration of a career of the greatest goaltender to lace up skates for the Buffalo Sabres, and possibly the modern NHL – deserved much for fanfare.
Buffalo only has a limited number of options for past players to join the Rafter Club – thankfully this one won’t be the last, as the Sabres will have a chance to redeem themselves.