Colorado Avalanche legend and former captain Joe Sakic inducted in Hall of Fame

Colorado Avalanche legend and former captain Joe Sakic was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.

Sakic was inducted in the player category along with Mats Sundin, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates.

"Joe is a Hall of Famer in every sense of the word,”" said Avalanche President Pierre Lacroix. "“Joe'’s contributions to the game of hockey have been invaluable and his achievements speak for themselves."

Sakic, who turned 43 on July 7, is the first player who has spent his entire career with the Avalanche organization to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Other Hall of Famers who played with the Avalanche includes Ray Bourque (class of 2004), Jari Kurri (class of 2001) and Patrick Roy (class of 2006).

Sakic wore the ‘C’ as team captain for 16 consecutive seasons (17 seasons overall), making him the second-longest serving captain in NHL history.

Sakic led the Avalanche to two Stanley Cup titles (1996, 2001), which included the city of Denver’'s first major professional sports championship in 1996.

Selected by the Quebec Nordiques in the first round (15th overall) of the 1987 Entry Draft, Sakic is the franchise’s all-time leader in games played, goals, assists, points, power-play goals (205), short-handed goals (32) and game-winning goals (86). He scored 30 or more goals in a franchise-record nine different seasons and surpassed the 20-goal mark in 17 of his 20 campaigns. He is also the club’s all-time leader in playoff games (172), goals, assists (104), points, PPG (27), SHG (4) and GWG (19).

With Sakic as team captain, the Avalanche/Nordiques captured an NHL-record nine consecutive division championships from 1995 to 2003. In addition to its two Stanley Cup titles, the Avalanche also won two Presidents’ Trophies and made six appearances in the Western Conference Finals during that time span.

Sakic recorded 15 career hat tricks, second most in team history, and also scored two in the playoffs. He was a perfect 5-for-5 on penalty shot attempts (4-for-4 in regular season) and was 7-for-21 (33.3%) in shootouts.

Sakic, who made his NHL debut on Oct. 6, 1988 against the Hartford Whalers, was selected to 13 NHL All-Star Games, making 12 appearances. He holds the All-Star Game record for career assists with 16, and ranks third on the All-Star points list with 22. Sakic was named MVP of the 2004 All-Star Game and captained the 2007 Western Conference squad.

At 37, Sakic scored 100 points in a season becoming the second-oldest player in NHL history to do so in n 2007-08.

A three-time Olympian with Team Canada (1998, 2002, 2006), Sakic was the MVP of the 2002 Olympics after lifting Canada to its first gold medal in 50 years. He captained the Canadian Olympic Team at the 2006 Winter Games. Sakic also helped Canada win gold at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, the 1994 IIHF World Championship and 1988 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Prior to turning pro, Sakic was the 1988 Canadian Hockey League Player of the Year after leading the Western Hockey League with 78 goals and 160 points in 64 games with Swift Current.

Off the ice, Sakic was the recipient of the 2007 NHL Foundation Player Award in recognition of his commitment and service to charities in his community.

 

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