You win one Most Valuable Player award for a professional sports league, and you are a very, very good player. Do it twice, and you are an all-time great. Dominik Hasek became an all-time great on this date.
The Buffalo Sabres' netminder won the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP for the second straight season in 1998.
Hasek was coming off a crazy 1997 summer in which he went public with his ill feelings toward then-Sabres coach Ted Nolan. That upset the Sabre fan base.
"To win it the first time was something special, but this year was different than any other year," Hasek said. "I faced something new at the beginning of the season. The fans in Buffalo didn't welcome me. They booed me. It was a completely different season. I never thought in September, October and November that I'd be here with the Hart and Vezina Trophies."
Hasek's eventful season also included an Olympic gold medal for the Czech Republic. He was a runaway winner in the voting for the Hart Trophy. Hasek also captured the Vezina Trophy as top goalie.