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Dominik Hasek Retirement: Veteran Goaltender Calls It Quits At 47

10/09/2012 07:58 EDT | Updated 12/09/2012 05:12 EST
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Legendary Czech NHL ice hockey goaltender Dominik Hasek puts on the jersey of Spartak Moscow, in Moscow on June 7, 2010 after signing a contract to play for the club. The Continental Hockey League (KHL) side Spartak Moscow has signed former NHL star goaltender Dominik Hasek on a one-year deal, the club announced . AFP PHOTO / Alexey SAZONOV (Photo credit should read Alexey SAZONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
PRAGUE - Veteran goaltender Dominik Hasek appears to be done with ice hockey after giving up hope of returning to the NHL once again.

The 47-year-old goalie resumed training ahead of this season hoping to get picked up by an NHL club, but told Czech daily Sport on Tuesday that it is "very unlikely" he would play again after no team offered him a contract amid the current lockout.

Known as the "Dominator," he was twice named the NHL's most valuable player, and took home the Vezina Trophy six times.

Hasek announced his retirement in 2002 after winning his first Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings, but came back and then retired from the NHL again in 2008.

At 45, however, he led his hometown club Pardubice to the Czech league title and then played a season for Spartak Moscow in the KHL.