- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

PRAGUE (AP) - Six-time Vezina Trophy winner Dominik Hasek will end his retirement and play for his former club in the Czech Republic.

The 44-year-old Hasek agreed to play next season for HC Moeller Pardubice, a club in the town where he was born and started his career with, team representatives and Hasek told a news conference in Prague on Tuesday.

“I’m really glad I could sign a deal with this club,” Hasek said. “It’s a club where I spent the most years. I’ve never even thought I could play for any other club in the Czech Republic. I’m looking forward to the next season.”

The announcement comes almost a year after Hasek retired after winning his second Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings last June.

Drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1983, Hasek won 389 games with the Red Wings, Ottawa Senators, Buffalo Sabres and the Blackhawks. During his career, Hasek won two Hart Trophies as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player in addition to being named the league’s top goaltender six times.

Hasek also led the Czech Republic to Olympic gold at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

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