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BUFFALO, N. Mousa Dembele Jersey .Y. - Dominik Hasek has come to realize how much easier it was turning aside pucks than it is accepting honours.Hasek, after all, never had to give any speeches patrolling the crease during a 16-season NHL career.To play hockey was much easier, Hasek said Tuesday. Any time Im standing in front of so many people, not as a hockey player, but as a person, its definitely much more difficult.The player nicknamed The Dominator is getting accustomed to public speaking three years into his retirement.After having his No. 9 retired in his Czech Republic hometown of Pardubice last year, followed by a Hockey Hall of Fame induction in November, Hasek was back in Buffalo to take part in his latest honour.The Sabres paid tribute to their star goalie by retiring his No. 39 in a banner-raising ceremony before their home game against the Detroit Red Wings.Hasek played for both teams, and won Stanley Cups with Detroit in 2002 and 2008.Buffalo, however, holds a special spot in his heart. It was during a nine-season stint with the Sabres when Hasek established his reputation as one of the NHLs best, and revolutionized the art of goaltending with an unorthodox flopping style.I dont think Ill ever get tired of hearing the sound of Sabres fans cheering, Hasek said in opening a 4-1/2 minute speech from a podium at centre ice. Sabres fans are one of a kind and having your support means as much to me as any trophy that I have won.One fan yelled out: We love you! Another yelled: We need you back!The banner hung above the Sabres zone, and will eventually join the six others honouring team greats in the northwest end of the arena. The Sabres also honoured Hasek by having his number painted behind both nets.Before the ceremony, Hasek reminisced about his career and playing days in Buffalo.One of his fondest memories was in 1998, after leading the Czech Republic to the gold medal at the Nagano Winter Games. Returning to Buffalo, Hasek was amazed at being greeted at the airport by thousands of cheering Sabres fans.It was something that I will never forget, he said. And thats why I feel like a big part of Buffalo.Hasek forced his trade to Detroit in July 2001 because he wanted a shot to win a championship at a time when the Sabres were entering a rebuilding stage.Hasek began his career in Chicago, before being traded to Buffalo in August 1992. He also spent the 2005-06 season with Ottawa. After winning his second Stanley Cup with the Red Wings, Hasek spent two seasons playing professionally in Europe before formally announcing his retirement in 2012.He was a two-time NHL MVP, six-time Vezina Trophy-winner and six-time all-star. Statistically, Hasek ranks first on the NHL career list with a 92.2 save percentage, is sixth with 81 shutouts, seventh with a 2.2 goals-against average and 12th with 389 wins.He was one of the greatest players to ever play the game, said Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, who coached Hasek in Detroit. He gave Buffalo an opportunity to win every night. He was an absolutely star, and did it his own way.Haseks competitive intensity set him apart. And that included practice, where Hasek hated giving up a goal.He never wanted to be scored on. It didnt matter if it was the pre-game skate or practice and obviously not in a game, Red Wings forward and former teammate Henrik Zetterberg said. For me, as a younger player coming in, to see the battle he put in practice helped me to go even harder.Haseks influence particularly resonated back home, where he inspired numerous Czech Republic youngsters to play goal. That includes Buffalos Michal Neuvirth and Detroits Petr Mrazek, who started Tuesday night.He was my idol. I always wanted to be like him, Neuvirth said.Hasek never envisioned the dominant stamp he would eventually place on the game.It was unclear. I wasnt confident, Hasek said, recalling his arrival in Buffalo. It took me a few years. But after a while, you feel more confident.He then paused, and broke into a smile.What can I say? Hasek added. What a great nine years I spent in Buffalo. Dries Mertens Jersey . Ho-Sang is a highly regarded prospect, as seen in TSNs Midseason Rankings. This was Game 3 of their playoff series and that wasnt the only strange incident in Londons 10-2 win over Windsor. Axel Witsel Belgium Jersey . Simona Halep of Romania claimed the fifth title of her career by beating Samantha Stosur of Australia 7-6 (1), 6-2 in the womens final. 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