Sabres to retire Dominik Hasek’s No. 39

At his best, Dominik Hasek impacted the outcome of games as much as anyone in hockey history. (David Duprey/AP).

Dominik Hasek’s No. 39 will be retired and raised to the rafters of the First Niagara Center on Jan. 13, the Buffalo Sabres announced on Monday.

The netminder — nicknamed “The Dominator” — played in 491 contests over nine seasons with Buffalo, and became the first goalie to win the Hart Trophy in back-to-back seasons.

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The six-time Vezina Trophy winner will also be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 17.

Hasek joins six other Sabres greats to have their numbers retired by the club — Gilbert Perreault (No. 11); Rick Martin (No. 7); Rene Robert (No. 14); Tim Horton (No. 2); Danny Gare (No. 18); and Pat LaFontaine (No. 16) have also received the honour.

Buffalo Sabres on Twitter: “Hasek was the 5th & final #Sabres player to wear #39, which will be hoisted to rafters 1/13/15. (@SabresPR)”

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