TORONTO — Dominik Hasek was still playing hockey a few years ago at age 46. He put on his goalie pads for the final time Feb. 27, 2011, in Russia's KHL.
At the age of 49, "the Dominator" is expected to be part of the Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2014, which will be announced today.
Hasek, a six-time Vezina Trophy winner as the league's top goalie, won one Stanley Cup as a starter with the Red Wings in 2002, then split time with Chris Osgood and became the backup in the playoffs for the 2008 title. His best years came with the Sabres, when he had seven straight seasons with a save percentage of .930 or higher. He finished with 234 regular-season victories.
Center Mike Modano leads the other new candidates and is the most likely to be inducted.
Schedule highlights: The season begins Oct. 8 with four games, including the Stanley Cup champion Kings hosting the Sharks, against whom Los Angeles came back from a 3-0 series deficit in the first round. It ends April 11 with all 30 teams in action. The Capitals host the Blackhawks in the Jan. 1 outdoor Winter Classic. The All-Star Game, the first since 2012 because of the 2012-13 lockout and this year's Olympics, is Jan. 25 at Columbus.