Czech Republic goalie DOMINIK HASEK looks back after saving from Canada's THEO FLEURY, who started the shootout session of the sensational semi-final at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan.
For extreme viewing enjoyment, a 10 minute 41 second clip of the entire shootout from the 1998 Olympic ice hockey semi-final matching CANADA and the CZECH REPUBLIC.
“Canada vs Czech Republic Shootout (Feb 20, 1998)”
This footage from the game broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Company contains such intricate events as the coaching staffs for the two teams, led by MARC CRAWFORD of Canada and the late IVAN HLINKA of the Czech Republic, pondering and preparing the the official list of players to be involved in the shootout as well as the coin toss involving long-time National Hockey League referee BILL MCCREARY and the two captains, the Philadelphia Flyers’ ERIC LINDROS of Canada and one-time Boston Bruin VLADIMIR RUZICKA of the Czech Republic.
Also interesting are the shots of Canada’s WAYNE GRETZKY on the bench before and during the shootout. Nagano marked the only appearance at the Winter Olympics for the Great One. The aging Gretzky, who won three Canada Cups on the international stage and grabbed a bronze at the 1982 IIHF World Championships in Finland, ultimately left Japan without an Olympic medal.
Gretzky, who scored 23 goals (with 67 assists) in 82 games for the New York Rangers during the 1997-98 season, was not among the skaters selected by Canada for the shootout.
Score – CZECH REPUBLIC 2 – CANADA 1
Goals – CZE Slegr (Patera) 49:46, CAN Linden (Lindros) 58:57
Penalties – CZE Bernaek 5:33, CZE Svoboda 17:39, CAN Linden 37:25
Shots on Goal — 28 CZE (5-14-8-1) – 25 CAN (3-11-6-5)
Referee – McCreary (Canada)
Linesmen – Collins (United States), Rautavuori (Finland)
- # 39 — Czech Republic — Dominik HASEK
- # 33 — Canada — Patrick ROY
- # 74 – Canada — Theo FLEURY — saved
- # 21 – Czech Republic — Robert REICHEL — GOAL
- # 77 – Canada — Ray BOURQUE — saved
- # 26 – Czech Republic — Martin RUCINSKY — saved
- # 25 – Canada — Joe NIEUWENDYK — saved
- # 10 – Czech Republic — Pavel PATERA — saved
- # 88 – Canada — Eric LINDROS — saved off post
- # 68 – Czech Republic — Jaromir JAGR — hit post
- # 14 – Canada — Brendan SHANAHAN — saved
Hasek’s most dramatic save has to be from Lindros in the fourth round. The Flyers’ captain, with a full head of steam, makes a move to his backhand and appears to have caught Hasek leaning a bit the wrong way with Canada running out of chances in the shootout round. Hasek, however, is able to get his goalstick down in the nick of time to just steer Lindros’ shot safely off the goalpost.
Oddly enough, the Canadian captain is followed in the fourth round by the Czech Republic’s JAROMIR JAGR, another star skating in the National Hockey League for a Pennsylvania club at that time. The Pittsburgh Penquin also catches iron, though # 68 clanks the post straight off his forehand wrist shot.
ROBERT REICHEL, the sole shooter to find the back of the net, scored 252 goals in 830 games for the Calgary Flames, New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes and Toronto Maple Leafs in 11 National Hockey League seasons.
Reichel, 38, is still active in the Czech elite league for HC Litvinov, his hometown club.
Dominik HASEK posted a 2.09 goals-against-average with 13 shutouts in 72 games for the Buffalo Sabres during the 1997-98 National Hockey League season.
The goal-scoring record that 1997-98 NHL season for Canada’s shooters:
- 27 goals, 82 games — Theo FLEURY — Calgary Flames
- 13 goals, 82 games — Ray BOURQUE — Boston Bruins
- 39 goals, 73 games — Joe NIEUWENDYK — Dallas Stars
- 30 goals, 63 games — Eric LINDROS — Philadelphia Flyers
- 28 goals, 75 games — Brendan SHANAHAN — Detroit Red Wings