Is Dominik Hasek the GOAT?

The Dominator had a nearly unrivaled stretch of goalie dominance during the Dead Puck Era.

But it was only 6 years. Is that enough for Dominik Hasek to be considered the Greatest Goalie of All Time?

Listen to us talk about Hasek here:

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Dominik Hasek’s Career:

  • NHL: 1990-2002, 2003-2008; 16 seasons, 11 as the starter, 1 as 1A
  • Totals:
    • 389W (14th All Time, 1st Czech)
    • 223L (2nd Czech)
    • 95 Others (25th, 1st Czech)
    • 81 SO (6th, 1st Czech)
    • 42,837 Minutes (23rd, 1st Czech) in
    • 735 GP (24th, 1st Czech);
    • 156.8 PS (11th Goalie, 1st Czech Goalie)
    • 413 GSAA (3rd All Time, behind only Esposito and Roy)
  • Averages:
    • 2.20 GAA (7th All Time, 1st Czech, all 6 goalies ahead of him played before Original Six era)
    • .922 SV% (1st All Time)
  • Draft: drafted 199th overall in 1983, Hasek is
    • 1st in Wins
    • 2nd in Losses
    • 1st in Others
    • 1st in GAA (by .84 GPG)
    • 1st in SV% (by .025)
    • 2nd in PS (1st Goalie by nearly 30 PS, i.e two dominant seasons)
  • Era: Of the 29 goalies who played in at least 410 games between 1990 and 2008, Hasek is
    • 5th in Wins
    • 15th in Losses
    • 5th in Others
    • 11th in Goals Against
    • 5th in Shots Against
    • 5th in total Saves
    • 1st in Save Percentage
    • T-1st in GAA
    • 1st in GSAA (by 114)
    • 2nd in Shutouts
    • 5th in Minutes
    • 5th in Games
  • 82-game average: 24-14-6, 5 SO
  • 3-year peak (1996-97): 33-20-12, 9 SO; 0.932 SV%; 2.06 GAA; 54.32 GSAA
  • Playoffs:
    • 65W (12th All Time)
    • 30L (13th)
    • 14 SO (6th)
    • .925 SV% (10th – 1 of only 2 goalies in the Top 10 to debut pre-Dead Puck/21st century, and only 1 to play over 100 games)
    • 2.02 GAA (10th if there is a 25 GP requirement???)
    • 7,318 Minutes (12th) in
    • 119 GP (12th Goalie)
  • Adjusted:
    • 2.37 GAA (3rd All Time, behind only Dryden and Durnan)
    • .925 SV% (2nd, behind only Dryden)

Dominik Hasek’s Accomplishments:

  • Hart (‘97, ‘98) – the only goalie with 2 trophies
  • Top 5 in Hart voting a further three times
  • Lindsay (‘97, ‘98) – only goalie with 2 trophies
  • Vezina (‘94, ‘95, ‘97, ‘98, ‘99, ‘01) – tied for 2nd most ever with Bill Durnan* behind only Plante* [*The relevant thing here is that both of them won it when it was the Jennings, so Hasek really has the most Vezinas ever]
  • Top 5 in Vezina voting one other time
  • Jennings (‘94, ‘01, ‘08) – tied 3rd most ever
  • Top Player:
    • Best Player (by PS) four times (‘95, ‘97, ‘98, ‘99) – 1 of only 7 players
    • Top 5 Player six times (‘96, ‘01)
    • Top 10 Player seven times (‘94)
    • Best Goalie five times (‘95, ‘96, ‘97, ‘98, ‘99) – 1 of only 5 goalies
    • Top 5 Goalie seven times (‘94, ‘01)
    • Top 10 goalie eight times (‘02)
  • Wins:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Led the league once
      • Top 5 five times
      • Top 10 eight times
    • Totals:
      • 40 wins once
      • 35 four times (1 of only 14 players)
  • Shutouts:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Led league four times (1 of only 9 players)
      • Top 5 seven times
      • Top 10 nine times
    • Totals:
      • 10 Shutouts twice (1 of only 15 goalies)
      • 5 Shutouts ten times (1 of only 3 goalies, Brodeur and Sawchuk are the others)
  • Shots Against:
    • Led the league once
    • Top 5 five times
    • Top 10 six times
  • Saves:
    • Total Saves:
      • Led the league once
      • Top 5 five times
      • Top 10 six times
    • Save Percentage:
      • Leader-boards:
        • Led the league six times (1 of only 2 goalies, the other is Bower)
        • Top 5 nine times (1 of only 6 players)
        • Top 10 eleven times (1 of only 8 players)
      • Over .935 once (1 of only 5 players)
      • Over .930 five times (only player, two more seasons than Plante)
      • Over .925 six times (only player, two more seasons than 2nd)
      • Over .920 eight times (tied for most with Lundqvist and Luongo)
  • Goals Against:
    • GAA:
      • Leader-boards:
        • Led the league twice
        • Top 5 nine times (tied for 9th most ever)
        • Top 10 eleven times
      • Average:
        • Under 1.9 once
        • Under 2 twice (1 of only 22 players ever)
        • Under 2.25 ten times (tied most ever with Brodeur)
        • Under 2.5 eleven times (1 of only 4 players)
    • GSAA:
      • Leaderboards:
        • Led the league five times (2nd most ever behind Plante)
        • Top 5 seven times (1 of only 8 players)
        • Top 10 ten times (1 of only 9 players)
      • Single-season Totals:
        • +50 four times (only player ever, double 2nd place)
        • +40 five times (tied most ever with Dryden)
        • +35 six times (tied most ever with Esposito)
        • +25 eight times (2nd most behind Esposito)
  • Minutes:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Led league once
      • Top 5 three times
      • Top 10 seven times
    • Single-season totals:
      • +4,000 twice
  • All Star:
    • 1st Team All Star six times (2nd most by a goalie, I think)
    • 6 All Star Game appearances
    • Monthly:
      • Monthly 2nd Star once
    • Weekly:
      • Weekly 2nd Star once
      • Weekly 3rd Star twice
  • Adjusted Peak:
    • .932 (2nd All Time)
    • 1st All Time in Goals Versus Average
  • Extraligua:
    • Golden Hockey Stick (‘87, ‘89, ‘90, ‘97, ‘98)
    • Best Goaltender (‘87, ‘87, ‘88, ‘89, ‘90)

Dominik Hasek’s Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Best Player (led the playoffs in Save Percentage) one Champion Runner Up (‘99 Sabres)
    • Best Player on one Final Four (‘98 Sabres)
    • Starter (led the playoffs in Wins and Minutes) on one Champion (‘02 Red Wings)
    • Starter on one Final Four (‘07 Red Wings)
  • Olympics:
    • “Best Goaltender” (and probably Best Player) on one Champion (‘98 Czech Republic)
    • Starter on one Bronze (‘06 Czech Republic)
  • Canada/World Cup:
    • Starter on one Semi-Finalist (‘87 Czechoslovakia)
  • World Championships:
    • Best Goaltender Award on one Runner Up (‘87 Czechoslovakia)
    • Media All Star on two Bronzes (‘89, ‘90 Czechoslovakia)
    • Backup? On one Runner Up (‘83 Czechoslovakia)
  • World Juniors:
    • Best Goaltender Award on one Runner Up (‘83 Czechoslovakia)
    • Starter on one Bronze (‘84 Czechoslovakia)
  • European Juniors:
    • “Top Goalie” on one Runner up (‘82 Czechoslovakia)
  • Extraligua:
    • Starter on one Champion (‘10 HC Pardubice)

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