Hall of Famer
Inducted in 2013
Gold medal, men’s hockey, World Hockey Championships in Italy
Winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy
Stanley Cup champion with the Colorado Avalanche
Winner of the Hart Trophy, Lady Byng Trophy, and Lester B. Pearson Award (now called Ted Lindsay Award)
Most Valuable Player, Gold medal, men’s hockey, Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City
Led Team Canada in goals with four in winning the World Cup
During his 21 NHL seasons, all with one organization, Joe Sakic was able to amass two Stanley Cups (1996, 2001), a Conn Smythe Trophy, a Hart Trophy, a Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, and the Lester B. Pearson Award. He also found time to win an Olympic gold medal, gold at the World Championships, gold at the World Cup of Hockey, gold at the World Junior Championships and a Memorial Cup.
Joe Sakic was a catalyst for change, a leader who looked for solutions within the group and was never looking for an easier path to success. He was the person who made those around him better. He was that player who made a team more confident, not because of what he said but because of what he did. When you think of Canadians, descriptions of unassuming, understated, unselfish, dependable, and team players are often used and this description would be fitting for Joe Sakic.