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10-13-2012, 12:01 PM
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I strongly believe that Hasek will be remembered as the GOAT and a man who along with Roy, changed the game forever.

Roy/Allaire are largely credited with popularizing the concept of blocking out the lower part of the net through the butterfly (though Tretiak was doing this years before Roy entered the scene and Hall years before that). Which coupled with equipment improvements decreased the position's reliance on lightning quick reaction times. Hasek took it to another level.

Because of his amazing footspeed and flexibility he was able to develop a style that left shooters with no option but to try to beat him high. Anecdotally, I recall Bill Ranford relaying a story at a hockey school about how he had once trained with Hasek and a few other contemporary mid-90s goalies and they couldn't believe how much faster Hasek was than everyone else when they were doing Tretiak drills.

Statistically he is the best of all time. His performance in the '98 Olympics should remove all doubt about his ability to perform in pressure situations.

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