Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Joe Sakic inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

Joe Sakic was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame yesterday, and he is my all time favorite athlete. I am a die hard Colorado Avalanche fan and Super Joe is a huge part of the reason why. Sakic was one of the greatest centers to ever play in the NHL. He was drafted 15th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. His NHL debut would come on October 16, 1988, a game in which he registered an assist. That point was the first of 1,641, all of which were scored for the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise. Sakic played his entire 20 year career with the franchise, and captained the team for 16 seasons from 1992 until his retirement in 2009.

Super Joe had one of, if not the best wrist shot in the NHL. His accuracy was phenomenal and he would always score big goals when the team needed them. Sakic holds the NHL record for most Stanley Cup Playoff overtime goals, with 8. He would be on the ice for the Avalanche any time the game was on the line. In his career he scored 625 goals and added 1,016 assists. Sakic won the Conn Smythe in 1996 as the playoff MVP. In 2001 Sakic added the Hart trophy (league MVP), Lady Byng trophy (sportsmanship), and Lester B Pearson Award (now know as the Ted Lindsay Award, MVP as voted on by the NHLPA) to his accolades.



He lead the Avalanche to two Stanley Cups in 1996 and 2001. The championship in 2001 brought on one of the greatest sports moments of all time, when Sakic handed Ray Bourque the cup instead of lifting it first as captain of the team. Bourque had waited his entire 22 year career and to his final game to win the Stanley Cup.

Sakic finished his career as the franchise leader in all scoring categories. He was a professional in all senses of the word, as his play on the ice matched his excellent personality. Joe Sakic is active in the Denver community and also hosts a charity golf tournament each year. He hosts the tournament each year to not only raise money but also to remind the world that he refuses to lose.....


Anyone who had the privilege to see Sakic play the game, got to see something special. He average over a point a game through his career and topped 100 points 6 times. He had his number 19 retired by the Avalanche on opening night the season after he retired. Although the last few seasons of Sakic's career were plagued by injuries, he will always be Super Joe. He was a Triple Gold winner (Olympic Gold, World Championship Gold, and Stanley Cup) and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame on his first year of eligibility. I did have the privilege to meet Sakic in Nashville when the Avs were in town to play the Predators. Even though he was running late, he still stopped to sign my hat and take a picture with me, which I will remember forever. In 2011 Sakic was hired by the Avalanche as an Executive Advisor and Alternate Governor.






2 comments:

  1. Is that a picture of you with Sakic?

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    1. Indeed it is, back when I was still in high school

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