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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Dominator hangs up his skates.

He will be missed. In the epic 2002 Conference Finals battle with the Avalanche, it was a source of tremendous comfort to know that it was Hasek backstopping the Wings as they faced elimination, down 3-2 and going back to Denver. He responded with back to back shutouts.

On a related note, ESPN asks you to rank the Ten Best Goaltenders of All Time.

Here's mine:

1. Patrick Roy --There's no arguing his record and the duration of his excellence.
2. Terry Sawchuk --[Misspelled on the poll--gah!] Yes, a homer pick but I can defend it.
3. Glenn Hall --Pukin' Glenn doesn't get enough credit--a pioneer of butterfly goaltending.
4. Martin Brodeur --More sustained excellence.
5. Grant Fuhr -- Never gets the credit he deserves for the Oilers' success.
6. Tony Esposito -- Everybody loves Tony. Consistently brilliant, even for bad teams.
7. Jacques Plante -- Six cups with the Habs dynasty of the late 50s-60s.
8. Dominik Hasek -- A spine like a slinky, he could will pucks away from the goal mouth.
9. Ed Belfour -- A bit flaky and took dumb penalties, but superb.
10. Curtis Joseph -- Great everywhere he played, he just could never get over the top.

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