Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Dominik Hasek Best Remembered for Mastercard Commercial

OK, not really but it was a good commercial.

He's the best goaltender we have seen lace 'em up in the NHL in quite some time. Hasek is, arguably, the best we have ever seen in the NHL. He should be remembered as such and today I thank him for his 16 seasons of service and wish him the best.

But while he's surely one of the all-time greats, it's funny to think what would have been if he had never signed up to play in Detroit behind the best defense the NHL has (and had) to offer. He might have gone down as the best goaltender to never win the big one.

I'm going to stop right there, though. There's no reason to play the 'what if' game right now.

What I am going to dwell on his the Mastercard commercial featuring the Dominator from the late 1990s. Absolute classic. This is one of those commercials that transcends hockey and makes Average Joe Sports Fans everywhere stop and say 'gosh, that game of ice hockey sure has some swell competitors in it'. Of course this was also during the time when these Mastercard commercials were all the rage. So maybe there was a little bit of that in there. But hey, it's still enjoyable nonetheless.

Apologies for the lack of a fitting serenade but I honestly don't have a whole lot to say about the guy. If you want to read something a bit more thoughtful about the Dominator's potentially last retirement, go here, here or here. And I stress the word 'potentially' because like Brett Favre, I'm not convinced until next season starts and everyone is certain he's not in uniform somewhere.

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