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Hasek Has Hernia Surgery


Buffalo Sabres goaltender Dominik Hasek had surgery in Munich, Germany, to repair a slight hernia the team said Thursday.

Hasek will resume his offseason conditioning program within a week and should be ready for training camp, said Dr. Ulrike Muschaweck, who performed the 40-minute procedure Wednesday.

Hasek was sidelined for several games during the season by a groin injury but returned to lead the Sabres to the Stanley Cup finals.

"All indications are that this procedure will help his lingering injury," Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said.

Last month, Hasek announced he will retire at the end of the coming season and return with his family to his native Czech Republic.

The two-time league MVP has won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goalie five times and led the Czech Republic to Olympic gold in Nagano last year.

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