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Joe Sakic

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Joe Sakic (born July 7, 1969 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) is a professional ice hockey player. He plays as a centre. (Although media guides list his birthplace as Burnaby, he was actually born in Vancouver; he grew up in Burnaby.) A fan favourite in the Vancouver region, a street in Burnaby has been named, "Joe Sakic Way" in his honour. He is also affectionately known as "Burnaby Joe" to the fans in the Vancouver region.

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Playing Career

Joseph Steven Sakic was drafted 15th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, and made his NHL debut in October, 1988. While the Nordiques were in a rebuilding mode during his early years, Sakic was the best player on some dismal teams, eventually earning the title of captain. Under his on-ice leadership, the Nords made the playoffs in 1993 and the lockout-shortened season of 1995. The next year, he moved with the franchise as they became the Colorado Avalanche, later leading them to the Stanley Cup in 1996 and 2001. Sakic is known for his prolific offensive skills and is the captain of the Colorado Avalanche.

The son of Croatian immigrants (his father is from Imotski, his mother from Lika), Joe didn't speak English until he entered kindergarten. During his time in the minor leagues, he was named the 1988 Canadian Major Junior Player of the Year.

He had 2 goals and 2 assists in Canada's gold medal win over Team USA in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and was named its MVP, and also played a part in Canada's triumph in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

He and his wife Debbie have three children, son Mitchell, and fraternal twins Chase (boy) and Kamryn (girl).

Awards

Records

  • Most game-winning goals in playoffs (6)
  • Colorado Avalanche franchise record for points (1,402)

Career Statistics

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1985-86 Lethbridge WHL 3 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
1986-87 Swift Current WHL 72 60 73 133 31 -- -- -- -- --
1987-88 Swift Current WHL 64 78 82 160 64 10 11 13 24 12
1988-89 Quebec NHL 70 23 39 62 24 -- -- -- -- --
1989-90 Quebec NHL 64 78 82 160 64 10 11 13 24 12
1990-91 Quebec NHL 80 48 61 109 24 -- -- -- -- --
1991-92 Quebec NHL 69 29 65 94 20 -- -- -- -- --
1992-93 Quebec NHL 78 48 57 105 40 6 3 3 6 2
1993-94 Quebec NHL 84 28 64 92 18 -- -- -- -- --
1994-95 Quebec NHL 47 19 43 62 30 6 4 1 5 0
1995-96 Colorado NHL 82 51 69 120 44 22 18 16 34 14
1996-97 Colorado NHL 65 22 52 74 34 17 8 17 25 14
1997-98 Colorado NHL 64 27 36 63 50 6 2 3 5 3
1998-99 Colorado NHL 73 41 55 96 29 19 6 13 19 8
1999-00 Colorado NHL 60 28 53 81 28 17 2 7 9 8
2000-01 Colorado NHL 82 54 64 118 30 21 13 13 26 6
2001-02 Colorado NHL 82 26 53 79 18 21 9 10 19 4
2002-03 Colorado NHL 58 26 32 58 24 7 6 3 9 2
2003-04 Colorado NHL 81 33 54 87 42 11 7 5 12 8
NHL Totals 1155 542 860 1402 482 153 78 91 162 72

International Play


Preceded by:
Mike Hough
Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques Captains
1995-
Succeeded by:
(current captain)
Preceded by:
Claude Lemieux
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner
1996
Succeeded by:
Mike Vernon
Preceded by:
Chris Pronger
Hart Memorial Trophy Winner
2001
Succeeded by:
Jose Theodore
Preceded by:
Pavol Demitra
Lady Byng Trophy Winner
2001
Succeeded by:
Ron Francis
Preceded by:
Jaromir Jagr
Lester B. Pearson Award Winner
2001
Succeeded by:
Jarome Iginla

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