Watch Dominik Hasek's number retirement ceremony, check out photos from last night
All the sights and sounds from a special night for Sabres fans.
It was a special evening for Buffalo Sabres fans last night, as Dominik Hasek had his number 39 raised to the rafters - an honor long-deserved for the greatest goaltender in franchise history. The night featured a number of Hasek-centric events and items, highlighted by the Dominator's speech and his banner raising. In case you couldn't be there, couldn't watch it, or just want to relive the night, here are some of the highlights we've collected from around the web.
Before the game, Mayor Byron Brown officially declared it "Dominik Hasek Day" in Buffalo:
Today is Dominik #Hasek day in Buffalo, per Mayor Byron Brown's proclamation. pic.twitter.com/1UaSuOzgvk— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) January 13, 2015
The team wore patches on their jersey in honor of Hasek:
We're wearing this #Hasek patch on our jerseys tonight. #DETvsBUF pic.twitter.com/nKTX7SAO81— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) January 13, 2015
And they painted Hasek's #39 behind each of the nets:
Hasek's number painted behind the nets. Hoping they just peel that chunk of ice off and hang it from the ceiling. pic.twitter.com/r5CYZb6tzk— Die By The Blade (@diebytheblade) January 13, 2015
There was a special game puck:
This is our game puck for tonight vs Detroit #Hasek pic.twitter.com/sj7xenIAi6— David Williams (@Hockeyequipmgr) January 13, 2015
And all fans in attendance received these replica banners:
Fans heading to tonight's @BuffaloSabres game be sure to arrive at your seat early to watch the #Hasek ceremony! pic.twitter.com/Eru8yTS8vk— Pegula Sports & Ent. (@PegulaSE) January 13, 2015
They even had adorable cupcakes in the press box featuring a delicious Hasek jersey:
Hasekcake pic.twitter.com/62zBic6ixr— Joe Yerdon (@JoeYerdon) January 13, 2015
The Dominator's many awards make an appearance inside the First Niagara Center:
PHOTO OPP: Vezina, Hart & Ted Lindsay trophies are in the building! See #Hasek's awards by @SabresStore tonight only! pic.twitter.com/GP6twXK88f— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) January 14, 2015
And finally, the banner raising ceremony and Hasek's speech from last night:
All in all, it was a fun night for Sabres fans, and another chance to celebrate one of hockey's all-time greats.
January 14, 2015