A punishing check has landed retired NHL goaltender Dominik Hasek in hot water with a Czech inline hockey league.
Hasek received a one-year suspension Wednesday for a hit issued in a May 18 game. He was playing for a team based in his hometown of Pardubice, 100 kilometres east of Prague.
The infraction also cost Hasek a league-maximum 2,000 koruna ($100 Cdn) fine.
Hasek, who was playing as a skater for Bonfire Strida, collided with Martin Sila of SK Pardubice. Sila suffered a concussion, broken nose and spent three days in a hospital's neurosurgical ward.
"We ruled that what Dominik Hasek did was an unsportsmanlike conduct," said Ladislav Kopec, president of the Czech Inline Hockey Association.
Hasek rejected the accusations last week, according to a CTK news agency report.
"I am still convinced that everything just came out of the game, that I was fouled by him first. He denies this, but I don't agree that I did anything brutal," said Hasek.
The police are also investigating the case for any possible criminal charges against Hasek, CTK reported.
The 38-year-old Hasek is one of the most decorated hockey players in history. He captured six Vezina Trophies as the NHL's top goaltender, along with two Hart Trophies as the league's Most Valuable Player.
He also guided the Czech Republic to gold at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
Hasek retired from the NHL last season after winning the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings.
with files from Canadian Press