Hasek played 14 games in return from retirement

Updated: April 13, 2004, 10:37 PM ET
Associated Press

PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Detroit Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek will return to the Czech Republic on Wednesday for groin surgery next week.

Hasek, 39, came out of retirement last year but played only 14 games this season because of the groin injury.

Red Wings spokesman John Hahn said Tuesday that Hasek was flying home Wednesday for the surgery.

Hasek joined the Red Wings before the 2001-02 season, led them to the Stanley Cup that season and retired soon after.

Before coming to Detroit, he won two MVP awards and six Vezina Trophies, given to the league's top goalie, during a nine-year stint in Buffalo.

Hasek also led the Czech Republic to a gold medal in the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

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