Hasek one of the greatest

You could tell early on that there was something special about Dominik Hasek.

Updated: June 26, 2002, 8:31 AM ET
By Darren Pang | Special to ESPN.com

Dominik Hasek is a special athlete and person. I saw him for the first time at the Blackhawks training camp in 1990. It was his first camp and my last -- I retired during the camp because of a bad left knee.

Something about Hasek's style caught my eye. Was it his style or lack of technique, though? He dropped his blocker to cover the puck. What was that? He did snow angels on rebounds and dekes. Could this street hockey style really work?

I sat in the stands for every practice. I ...

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