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HASEK REPORTEDLY FINED AFTER AUTO MISHAP

Buffalo Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek has been fined for speeding, a Czech newspaper reported today following an auto accident in the Czech Republic.

The daily paper Mlada Fronta Dnes reported that Hasek, who was not injured in the one-car crash, was fined $30 for speeding after his car went off the road Sunday night and hit a tree.

"It was a small accident with no injuries," the newspaper quoted police spokeswoman Marie Kotkova as saying. Kotkova gave no further details, citing Hasek's request that no information be released.

Hasek's Ferrari slid off a road near his hometown of Pardubice. Authorities at first said that he had not been charged with any violations, and that alcohol or excessive speed were not factors in the crash, but the car sustained $3,000 worth of damage.

Hasek telephoned his agent, Rich Winter, after the accident to inform him he wasn't injured and "to make sure no one was overly concerned," said Sabres general manager Darcy Regier.

"I've been told by his agent that he just kind of skidded off through a turn," Regier said.

"On those calls, quite honestly, there's primarily one major issue for me: Did he get hurt? He's healthy and obviously it wasn't too significant when you're talking about $3,000 damage to a Ferrari. I suspect you don't have to do much to do $3,000 damage to a Ferrari."

Hasek, 33, who signed a four-year deal worth $32 million in March, has a history of auto incidents.

He pleaded guilty to driving while impaired and speeding charges after an April, 1995 incident in Amherst. Hasek was stopped by Amherst police for driving 77 in a 35 mph zone. He was fined $850 and ordered to spend 100 hours doing community service.

The goaltender was also involved in a one-car accident in Amherst in September, 1994. Hasek's car struck the center median and flipped over. Hasek was not injured or charged in the accident, but the police report said there was "alcohol involvement."

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