Wednesday, June 25, 2003

The Dominator pondering comeback



The Associated Press

DETROIT - Dominik Hasek is considering ending his retirement from the NHL and has spoken with the Detroit Red Wings about possibly rejoining the team.

The 38-year-old goaltender and representatives of the Red Wings met in Europe recently, Roman Hozak, the player's press representative said Tuesday.

The Czech star retired after winning the Stanley Cup in 2002 with Detroit.

Detroit general manager Ken Holland said he has been contacted by Hasek's agent, Rich Winter.

"While we have had discussions, at this time, no decision has been made by Dominik," Holland said.

Detroit holds an option on Hasek for next season worth $8 million. If the Red Wings don't exercise the option, he would become an unrestricted free agent.

Detroit signed unrestricted free agent goalie Curtis Joseph to a three-year, $24 million contract before last season. The deal included a no-trade clause.

"If Dominik comes back it probably will be a sticky situation," Holland told radio station WJR.

U.S. HALL OF FAME: The United States Hockey Hall of Fame announced the induction of the 1980 Olympic gold medal-winning hockey team and four individuals into its shrine in Eveleth, Minnesota. The individual inductees are defenseman Mark Howe and center Pat LaFontaine, both former NHL stars who also played for the United States internationally; John Cunniff, a former Boston College All-American and NHL coach who contributed to USA Hockey's coaching education program; and Dick Dougherty, a star for the University of Minnesota from 1951 to 1954.

The hall's induction ceremony is Oct. 18.




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