President Miloš Zeman is due to remain in office until early 2023. But that hasn’t stopped names of possible successors already appearing in the media. Mr. Zeman’s defeated opponent in last year’s runoff, Jiří Drahoš, says a second run is definitely “in play”, while ex-sports star Dominik Hašek has also signalled his interest.
The legendary Czech ice hockey goaltender Dominik Hašek, dubbed The
Dominator, has not ruled out running for president, when Miloš Zeman’s
second term in office expires in 2023.
Hašek said in an interview for Radio Impuls that he could well imagine himself in the top post, although he was not actively preparing for such a move now. “Who knows what may happen in three years’ time - anything is possible,” he told the radio host.
In his 16-season National Hockey League career, Hašek played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings and the Ottawa Senators.
During the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, he led the Czech national ice hockey team to its first and only Olympic gold medal. The crowds at home welcomed him with the chant “Hašek na Hrad” or “Hašek at Prague Castle”. He retired in 2012.
Jaromír Jágr was one of the stars of the Czech squad that took ice hockey gold at the Nagano Olympics, which began 20 years ago on Wednesday. The veteran forward admits playing again at this year’s Olympics did cross his mind – and says the absence of NHL players increases Czech chances of repeating the famous victory of 1998.
Czech ice hockey star Dominik Hašek has offered his gold medal from the Nagano Olympics in 1998 to whoever is judged to have contributed most to getting two Czech children out of care in Norway. Former national goalkeeper Hašek said that the wanted to do the maximum to help the children’s mother, Eva Michalková, be reunited with her children, according to a report by Wednesday’s Mladá Fronta Dnes. Her two sons, who were born in Norway, have been placed in care by Norwegian authorities in a case which has provoked a furor of media and political interest in the Czech Republic. Norwegian authorities say they have followed standard procedures.
The great Czech ice hockey goaltender Dominik Hašek had his no. 39 jersey retired by Buffalo Sabres in a ceremony at his former club’s arena on Tuesday night. The move signifies Hašek’s legendary status at Buffalo, where “the Dominator” spent most of his career. He won the Vezina trophy as the league’s best goaltender six times and the Hart Trophy as most valuable player twice while at the club. Hašek, now 49, was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in November, becoming the first Czech to receive that honour.
Dominik Hašek, former Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings star and one of the best goalies in the history of NHL, has been inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Toronto on Monday night. The 49-year-old Olympic champion and two-time Stanley Cup winner announced his retirement in 2012. Dominik Hašek is the first Czech hockey player to be introduced in the Hall of Fame. Fellow players in the class of 2014 are Peter Forsberg, Mike Modano, and defenseman Rob Blake.
The NHL club Buffalo Sabres will retire the no. 39 jersey worn by Czech goaltender Dominik Hašek on January 13, the night the club play the Detroit Red Wings, with whom Hašek won his two Stanley Cup championships. The goalie spent nine seasons with Buffalo before being traded to Detroit in 2001. Hašek won the Vezina trophy as the league’s best goaltender six times and the Hart Trophy as most valuable player twice while at Buffalo. He is being inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame on November 17 and will be the first Czech to receive the honour.