Tonawanda News — "I always stay pretty close to Buffalo people," said Hasek. "I'm coming almost every year here to see the hockey program. I am in touch with (executive director) Sean Green every month and the charity I establish in 2001, it keeps me very proud. It's what keeps me close to the city."
He also continues to follow the Sabres closely and, like the fans, wishes the team was having better luck in the standings.
"I played in this building. I know what's going on. I know about the new owners," said Hasek. "I'd like to see this team do better, so for me it's very disappointing to see this team be not in a good place. But I think for the city and for the people, this organization is very important."
In addition to a return trip to Buffalo to see his jersey retired next season, Hasek may also find himself making travel plans to Toronto this fall. This is his first year of eligibility for election into the Hockey Hall of Fame and he is a heavy favorite to be chosen on the first try.
"What can I say about it?" Hasek said. "I appreciate (it). It's very nice to be among all these big players, I played against them or with them... However, there are new goals in life and always something new to prove."