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Former Red Wings Goalie Hasek in War of Words With Russians

Former Wings goalie Dominik Hasek is maintaining his criticism of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

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Ex-Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek finds himself under attack from old Russian hockey stars.

Who says the Detroit Red Wings-Colorado Avalanche rivalry is dead? Not Domink Hasek and Valeri Kamensky, that’s for sure.

Sure, a lot of ice has been resurfaced by Zambonis since Hasek was a Red Wings goalie and Kamensky an Avalanche forward. And their current war of words certainly isn’t about the bitter, old days.

The vitriol between them is entirely encompassing world events of today.

One thing about Hasek when he was the goalie for the Red Wings was that when you were asking him a question, you knew the truth was coming back at you in his answer.

Even when the truth hurt.

Hasek was quick to criticize Vladimir Putin and Russian aggression when they invaded Ukraine. Just like when he was stopping pucks, he never gives up on a play. He was also not shy about taking Russian NHLers like Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin to task for their support of Putin.

The Dominator is raging against the Russian machine again. It’s over Czech forward Dmitrij Jaskin. He was recently deciding to sign a contract to play next season for SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL.

“I’m very sorry,” Hasek told iSport.cz. “The work of a Czech citizen in the Russian Federation is support for the Russian regime, the war in Ukraine, and therefore a danger to our country and its citizens.

“However, I do not blame the boy or his agent, but the government and the parliament of the Czech Republic for not having adopted a law that prohibits this.”

Russians Attacking Hasek

In the Russian media, some former Russian stars were quickly countering, attacking Hasek for his comments.

“How is hockey related to politics?” ex-Avalanche forward Kamensky told TASS. “Apparently, he caught a lot of pucks in the head during his career.”

His Russian critics were also quick to point out that Hasek didn’t have a problem with the country when he was playing for Spartak Moscow of the KHL in 2010-11. Then again, how something that was happening over a decade ago has any bearing on the events of today is debatable.

Speaking to Russian news agency RIA Novosti was Alexander Kozhevnikov. He’s an Olympic gold medal winner with the Soviet Union in 1984 and 1988. Kozhevnikov was vicious in his criticsm of the Czech goaltending legend and Hockey Hall of Famer.

“Maybe he has the coronavirus,” Kozhevnikov said of Hasek. “Dominik has somehow changed. He is just a little fascist, a sick person.”

Three Czechs To KHL

Jaskin, who played in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals and Arizona Coyotes, is the third Czech hockey player to sign a contract for next season with a KHL club. This group is including a former Red Wings defenseman.

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Libor Sulak, briefly with the Red Wings for six games in 2018-19, and Rudolf Červený are playing next season with Vladivostok. Sulak spent two season with the Grand Rapids Griffins, Detroit’s AHL farm club.

Defenseman Ryan Murphy, who played last season for the Griffins, ended up agreeing to terms with Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the KHL for the 2022-23 season.

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Arleen Mary Bonello

Congratulations, Dominik Hasek. I only wish you could save Ukraine like you saved the Red Wings.

Duke

Maybe Dom should put his money where his mouth is and go sign up. The Ukes are always looking for more cannon fodder.

Bobby Orr

Come on Klingberg. It doesn’t have to be this way. You recently fired your agent. Newport will get you a contract. I just received a text from the Ducks. Verbeek is interested. Hold tight.

Last edited 20 days ago by Bobby Orr
Mark W

Czechs over a certain age probably still carry a distaste for Russian politics going back to the post WWII days when the Soviets rolled in with tanks, making Czechoslovakia a Soviet satellite run by Czech’s who were puppets of the Kremlin.

That went on for a few decades until the Soviet break-up. Most Czechs weren’t happy losing their sovereignty to Soviet Russia and understandably so.

Why he played Hockey for a Russian team ? Ask Hasek. Perhaps to get something from them for a change?

Today the Russia plan in the Ukraine is to take control as they did to the Czechoslovakian people. It’s part of Putin’s plan to rebuild the Soviet Union modeled on the one that used to run Czechoslovakia E.Germany and the cold war Soviet Bloc.

MAYBE all this history has something to do with D.H.s apparent dislike of Putin’s Russia? Just a wild guess.

John Parham

I can understand some Russians being fooled or brainwashed by Russian propaganda. They only see and hear what the Russian government allows. That’s not the case with Kamensky. He’s seen the free world and knows the difference between independent media and government controlled media. He’s seen both and still sides with the guys slaughtering civilians, blowing up schools, hospitals, etc. Eastern Europe is in a fight for it’s freedom and Hasak is correct to join that fight.

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