Hasek will join 4-on-4 league

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 6:39 AM ET

TORONTO -- Barring a miracle, Dominik Hasek will begin his comeback this weekend. Should NHL players be locked out by owners tomorrow morning as expected, the Senators goaltender is scheduled to start in Barrie on Friday for the Detroit entry in the newly formed Original Stars Hockey League.

The league, which will play a 4-on-4 format plans to play a game in Ottawa later this month.

Hasek's Edmonton-based agent Ritch Winter confirmed his client will play until issues to allow him to suit up for the AHL's Binghamton Senators are cleared up.

While the Sun reported on the weekend that Hasek, who is recovering from groin surgery, has been placed on injured waivers and has agreed to suit up for Binghamton, there are still insurance issues that have to be cleared up.

"He's definitely playing," said Winter. "Whether he plays every single game or 80% of them has yet to be determined."

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Hasek won't be the only Ottawa player in the Original Six league.

Senators centre Mike Fisher, winger Chris Neil, defenceman Brian Pothier and minor-league winger Josh Langfeld have been placed on the Boston entry, which is scheduled to play Detroit at the Civic Centre on Sept. 27.

Don't be surprised to see Senators defencemen Chris Phillips and Zdeno Chara in the league, along with centre Todd White.

Further announcements on rosters aren't going to be made until the lockout is made official tomorrow.

bruce.garrioch@ott.sunpub.com


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