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Honoured Member

JOE SAKIC

Inducted in 2013

Member Details

Date of Birth: July 7, 1969
Place of Birth: Burnaby, British Columbia
Sport: Ice Hockey
Member Category: Athlete

Career Highlights

1988-09

Played with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche; all-time franchise leader in goals (625), assists (1016), and points (1641)

While playing in the NHL, Sakic set career records for most overtime playoff goals (8), overtime playoff points (

1994

Gold medal, men’s hockey, World Hockey Championships in Italy

1996, 01

Stanley Cup champion with the Colorado Avalanche

1996

Winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy

2001

Winner of the Hart Trophy, Lady Byng Trophy, and Lester B. Pearson Award (now called Ted Lindsay Award)

2002

Most Valuable Player, Gold medal, men’s hockey, Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City

2004

Led Team Canada in goals with four in winning the World Cup

Honoured Member JOE SAKIC
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Story

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.

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