DETROIT >> The list of Hall of Famers of the Detroit Red Wings’ 2001-02 roster continues to grow.
Dominik Hasek is the latest to join them after being selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2014 on Monday.
“It was one of my best years that I played hockey,” Hasek said. “I came in from day one, never played with so many great players, so many stars. Our goal from day one was to win the Cup. Nothing else. I played that year also for the greatest coach ever in hockey.”
Hasek is the sixth player – Steve Yzerman, Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan, Brett Hull, Igor Larionov and Luc Robitaille – off that Stanley Cup winning roster, along with Scott Bowman to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Next year Nicklas Lidstrom and possibly Sergei Fedorov could join them.
Mike Modano was also selected on his first year of eligibility.
Peter Forsberg and Rob Blake were the other two former players that will be inducted along with the late coach Pat Burns and former referee Bill MCreary.
The induction ceremony is Nov. 17 in Toronto.
Hasek’s resume is impressive – six consecutive Vezina Trophies, given to the NHL’s top goalie; a two-time Hart Trophy winner, awarded to the league MVP; and an Olympic gold medal.
“He was unique,” said fellow Czech native Jiri Fischer. “He was special. The bigger the game Dom played, the more confidence he gave us as a team.”
“Dom dug in mentally,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “He was a tough, fierce competitor. Even though he was a little past his prime he was still a little better than everyone else. The great ones can defy Father Time.
“Between Dom, Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur, they were the three best goaltenders of their era,” Holland continued. “They revolutionized the art of goaltending.”
Detroit traded for Hasek, who was 37 years old at the time, in 2001 when the netminder asked to be dealt to a legitimate Cup contender.
“He was concerned about our age,” Wings general manager Ken Holland recalled. “Jim Nill and I went through the process of talking to him to convince him we’re a championship team. We pushed real hard.”
To complete the deal Detroit sent winger Slava Kozlov, a 2002 first-round pick and a conditional 2003 first-rounder, if they won the Cup, for the 37-year-old netminder.
“He was pushing 40, but it was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Holland said.
Hasek, 49, ranks 11th all-time in wins (389), sixth in shutouts (81) and his .922 career save percentage is first among all goalies with at least 200 games.
He won the Cup with the Wings in 2002 and was a member of the 2008 Cup winning team, backing up Chris Osgood.
“His track record speaks for itself,” Kirk Maltby said. “Dom was in category by himself at the time. He was a world-class goalie. To add him to a team with the firepower we had …he had only one objective and that was to win the Stanley Cup.”
Hasek also led the Sabres to the 1999 Cup finals, but lost in triple overtime to the Dallas Stars in Game 6 on a goal in triple overtime by Hull.
Modano’s one season (2010-11) in Detroit, which was his last in the NHL, was injury plagued after severing tendons in his forearm. He had four goals and 11 assists in 40 games.
“I was just grateful for the opportunity to come back home and play in front of family and friends and play for a team that I obviously grew up watching for a lot of years,” the Westland native said. “But that experience was nonetheless very memorable. Having the opportunity to be around Kenny Holland and Mike Babcock all year and the great Ilitch family was a good experience for me. It was an opportunity for a new chapter, just to go home and play, one that I don’t regret doing.”
Modano, 44, is the NHL’s all-time leading scorer among U.S.-born players with 561 goals and 1,374 points.
“It was a lot of fun,” Modano said. “I got to play obviously with some great players, some world-class talent there in Detroit. Unfortunately it was cut short with my tendons in my wrist getting cut but I would have loved to have had another crack at another year or two if I stayed healthy. But nonetheless another great stepping stone, another great chapter that is very memorable.”