Dominik Hasek #31 Chicago Blackhawks (Picture Courtesy of Goaliesarchives.com)

On This Date In Chicago Blackhawks History- A Trade To Forget

On this date in Chicago Blackhawks history,

On August 7, 1992 the Chicago Blackhawks traded goalie Dominik Hasek to the Buffalo Sabres for Stephane Beauregard and a 1993 4th round pick.

This is probably the 2nd worst trade in Blackhawks history well behind the Phil Esposito trade. Hasek played 25 games in two seasons with Blackhawks in which his record was 13-4-2 before getting shipped to Buffalo. Hasek played in the 1992 Stanley cup Finals Game #4 for Ed Belfour and picked up the last loss of the season.

The fateful decision by the Blackhawks was sticking with Jimmy Waite as the backup for Ed Belfour!  Hasek went on to win 6 Vezina trophies while playing in Buffalo and helped the Czech Republic win their only gold medal at the 1998 Olympics.

Hasek moved to Detroit where he became the first European goalie to ever win the Stanley Cup in 2002 for the Red Wings.  He also was on the Cup winning 2008 Red Wings team.

Hasek career record during his  775 NHL game career was  389-223-95 with a playoff record of 65-49 in 119 games.

Hasek will go down as a top 3 goalie of this era and he slipped through the Blackhawks fingers at the very beginning of his career. If there is a silver lining is that 4th round pick ended up being Eric Daze.

A rough day in Blackhawks history happened on this date 21 years ago today.

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