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Joe Sakic

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One of hockey’s greatest leaders, Joe Sakic showed promise in hockey as a child growing up in Burnaby, British Columbia, scoring 83 goals, 156 points in 80 games as a high school student. As a WHL rookie in 1986/87, Sakic scored 133 points in 72 games while adding 24 points in 10 playoff games for the Swift Current Broncos. As a result of Sakic’s outstanding rookie season, the Quebec Nordiques drafted him 15th overall in the 1987 NHL Draft. After 1 more season in Swift Current, Sakic made the jump to the NHL with the Nordiques, and in 1989/90, Sakic’s 2nd NHL season, he’d score 102 points in 80 games. In 1990/91, Sakic was named co-captain of the Nordiques and would take over as captain on a full time basis in 1992/93. Sakic would move to Colorado as part of the Nordiques relocation prior to the 1995/96 season. Sakic and the newly acquired Patrick Roy would lead the Avalanche to a Stanley Cup victory in their first season in Denver. Sakic’s 34 points in 22 playoff games earned him the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Sakic would continue to be a top performer on a strong Avalanche team that routinely went deep into the playoffs. In 2000/01, Sakic scored 54 goals, 118 points in 82 games. In the 2001 playoffs, Sakic followed this up 26 points in 21 games, captaining the Avalanche to their 2nd Stanley Cup. Sakic was a part of a historical hockey moment during the Stanley Cup presentation, as he gave the Stanley Cup to Ray Bourque (who won his 1st Stanley Cup after 22 NHL seasons), allowing Bourque to be the 1st to raise the Cup. Sakic would continue to play at a high level, including a 100 point season in 2006/07, for 8 more seasons before retiring at the end of the 2008/09 season. On the International Stage, Sakic appeared for Team Canada in the 1998 Olympics and Captained Team Canada at the 2006 Turin Olympics. Sakic won a Gold Medal at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. Sakic also won a Silver Medal at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, a Gold Medal at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and a Gold Medal at the 1988 World Junior Hockey Championship. Currently, Sakic is Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Avalanche.

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