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Hasek no hockey has-been at 46

Published time: November 30, 2011 09:11
Edited time: November 30, 2011 13:12
Dominik Hasek  playing for Spartak Moscow in the KHL. (RIA Novosti / Mikhail Fomichev)

Dominik Hasek playing for Spartak Moscow in the KHL. (RIA Novosti / Mikhail Fomichev)

Hockey legend Dominik Hasek says, despite being 46 years old, he has no intention of quitting the sport.

­The goalkeeper, who has won two Stanley Cups and led Czech Republic to Olympic gold in Nagano 1998, is currently jobless as he failed to sign a contract this summer.

“I want to play next year, but only if I feel real interest towards me,” Hasek told Czech Sport newspaper. “I need to understand that I’ll really be useful to the team. In that case, you’ll see me on the ice again.”

The veteran says he doesn’t yet know, in which league – NHL, KHL or the Czech championship – his career will continue.

“I’m not thinking about any particular club or country right now,” he explained. “I still have half a year to make a decision and that’s a lot of time.”

At the moment, the Dominator wants to take a small break from hockey.  

“Winter begins in a couple of days and I’d like to spend more time in the mountains," he said. "I’m not going to play hockey, resting with my family instead.”

Hasek’s last club was Spartak Moscow, with the Red-and-Whites failing to make the playoffs in the 2010-11 KHL season.

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