Who do you hate?
When Eric at Offwing asked for people to give him suggestions for their most hated athletes, I submitted my response as Dominik Hasek, although I said I couldn't really back it up with any tangible evidence.
Then I remembered this old Jim Kelley piece.
In the end, like he so often did in Buffalo, Hasek just upped and walked away. In the end he said it was "very sad," but if you watched his career long enough, it was very much like events that took place in Buffalo.I'll also never forget being at GM Place in Vancouver for Game 4 of their first round series against the Wings in 2002. The Canucks, huge underdogs heading in, won the first two games in Detroit, before Dan Cloutier let in a now-legendary Lidstrom long bomb in game 3 in Vancouver to bring the Wings back into things. Sitting 10 rows behind Hasek, I watched as the 'legendary' netminder purposefully and repeatedly knocked the net off its pegs. A liar and a cheat. Enough said.
All I can say is: Have fun Senators fans.
UPDATE Some more information on the Hasek/Kelley confrontation that Kelley mentions in the earlier piece.