Spezza no longer has goaltender's number
Wed, July 7, 2004
By BRUCE GARRIOCH
Spezza didn't have to think twice. The Senators centre, who has
worn the No. 39 for the last two seasons, had no problem handing
it over to newly acquired goaltender Dominik Hasek during a brief
ceremony yesterday at the Corel Centre. As reported by the Sun,
Spezza will wear No. 19.
"The guy is going to be a hall of famer. That's a number he's
been wearing his whole career and it means a lot to him," said
Spezza. "I don't mind wearing No. 19. That's fine with me.
I always liked Steve Yzerman as a kid growing up.
"Let's face it, it's not the number that makes the player,
it's what the player does with the number on his back that makes
the player. This wasn't that big a deal for me. I just think it's
great to have a guy like Dominik Hasek with our team."
The Senators will welcome Hasek to the dressing room with open
arms. While the players were sorry to see goalie Patrick Lalime
traded to St. Louis, Hasek comes with an impressive track record
and he wants to make up for what happened last year with Detroit.
"Maybe if he's playing with a bit of a chip on his shoulder
that's a good thing," said centre Todd White. "(Hasek)
thinks he was disappointed with the way things ended last year ...
well how does he think we felt? We weren't happy with the way our
year ended either. Maybe we have something in common.
"He wants to prove people wrong and he wants to go out there
and get the job done. As a team, we're in the same position. The
bottom line is we want to a win a Cup and so does he."
Photo Credit: A. Ringuette/Freestyle Photography/OSHC
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