Hasek underwent surgery in Prague last week

Updated: April 20, 2004, 3:53 PM ET
Associated Press

PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Detroit Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek is recovering in his hometown after undergoing successful groin surgery.

Hasek was operated on in Prague last week, his spokeswoman, Petra Obsilova, said Tuesday. He is now recovering in Pardubice, about 30 miles east of the capital city.

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

One of the NHL's greatest goalies, Hasek won two MVP awards and six Vezina Trophies -- given to the league's top goalie -- during a nine-year stint in Buffalo. He also led the Czech Republic to a gold medal in the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

Hasek joined the Red Wings before the 2001-02 season, winning his first Stanley Cup that season. He retired in 2002, but came back to Detroit before this season.


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