Dominik Hasek rarely struck a traditional pose as a goaltender. When it came time for the NHL to honor him with a portrait, the artist knew a traditional pose wouldn’t work.
"It was fun looking through photos of Dominik Hasek's career in preparation for painting his portrait," Tony Harris told NHL.com as the league revealed the artwork of Hasek on Monday. "Half of the pictures show him making saves from his back using any part of his acrobatic body to make a save. In the end, I felt this pose (perhaps on his way down) worked well, and I loved the intensity in his face."
The NHL commissioned Harris to paint the 100 greatest players, a list revealed earlier this year as part of the league’s centennial celebration. Hasek and Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom became the 33rd pair released.
Hasek, clad in a black Sabres jersey, has his blocker, stick and one pad on the ice, while his left pad and glove are poised to fly through the air.
The league released the portrait of Sabres center Gilbert Perreault in May.
Pat LaFontaine’s picture came out in April, though the Sabres Hall of Famer was in a New York Islanders jersey.
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