Joe Sakic spent seven seasons with the Quebec Nordiques before the move to Colorado in 1995. Sakic finished his career in Colorado, playing another thirteen seasons before retiring in 2009. Sakic won two Stanley Cups in Colorado with the help of fellow Avalanche stars, Peter Forsberg and Patrick Roy. Sakic was awarded the Conn Smythe in 1996 after the Avalanche won the Cup as well.
Sakic was regarded as one of the league’s best leaders, and was named captain of the Nordiques in 1992. He played in 1378 career NHL games between the two teams, he scored 625 career goals, 1016 career assists, for a total of 1641 total points.
Sakic was inducted into the Canadian Hall Of Fame on Wednesday. inducted along side Sakic was, Russ Howard, Allison Sydor, Andre Viger, Kirsten Barnes, Brenda Taylor, Jessica Monroe-Gonin, Kay Worthington, Jennifer Walinga, Murray Costello, and Dr. Jean-Guy Ouellet.
Sakic was apart of the 2002 Canadian hockey team that won the gold medal in the Salt Lake City Olympics. He was named the tournaments most valuable player. In six games, Sakic recorded four goals and three assists, without taking a penalty. Among the other championships Sakic won for Canada were the world hockey championship, World Cup of Hockey, and the world juniors.
Sakic is now the Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations in Colorado, and is responsible for the hiring of coach Patrick Roy, who has whipped the Avalanche into shape winning the first six games of the season. Sakic was inducted into the Hockey Hall Of Fame in his firs year of eligibility in 2012, and now congratulations to Sakic on being inducted into the Canadian Hall Of Fame.