63 Facts About Joe Sakic


Joseph Steven Sakic is a Canadian professional ice hockey executive and former player.

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Joe Sakic led the Avalanche to Stanley Cup titles in 1996 and 2001, being named the most valuable player of the 1996 playoffs, and honoured as the MVP of the NHL in 2001 by the hockey writers and his fellow players.

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Joe Sakic is one of six players to participate in the first two of the team's Stanley Cup victories, and won a third Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in 2022 while serving as the team's general manager.

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Joe Sakic became only the third person, after Milt Schmidt and Serge Savard, to win a Stanley Cup with the same franchise as a player and general manager.

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Over his career, Joe Sakic was one of the most productive forwards in the game, scored 50 goals twice and earning at least 100 points in six different seasons.

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Joe Sakic's wrist shot, considered one of the best in the NHL, was the source of much of his production as goalies around the league feared his rapid snap-shot release.

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Joe Sakic represented the team in six other international competitions, including the 1998 and 2006 Winter Olympics.

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On November 12,2012, Joe Sakic was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, along with Adam Oates, Pavel Bure and Mats Sundin.

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In 2017, Joe Sakic was named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history.

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Joe Sakic was promoted to executive vice president of hockey operations on May 10,2013, and named general manager the following year.

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At the age of four, Joe Sakic attended his first NHL game, a match between the Vancouver Canucks and Atlanta Flames; after watching the game, Joe Sakic decided that he wanted to become a hockey player.

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Joe Sakic scored 83 goals and 156 points in 80 games for Burnaby while attending school at Burnaby North Secondary.

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Joe Sakic, playing in his first full season, scored 60 goals and 73 assists for 133 points.

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Joe Sakic scored 160 points, tying him with Theoren Fleury of the Moose Jaw Warriors for the WHL scoring title.

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Joe Sakic was drafted 15th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, a pick the Nordiques received when they traded away Dale Hunter and Clint Malarchuk to the Washington Capitals.

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Joe Sakic made his NHL debut on October 6,1988, against the Hartford Whalers and registered an assist.

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Early on in the season, Joe Sakic showed some of his leadership qualities, even while Mike Hough was serving as captain, as he stood firm in the Eric Lindros holdout issue.

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Joe Sakic reached the 100-point plateau, the third time he did so in five years, by scoring 48 goals and 105 points in the regular season, and added another six points in the playoffs.

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Joe Sakic led the team to a Stanley Cup championship in its first year, scoring 120 points in 82 regular-season games and 34 points in 22 playoff games.

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Joe Sakic was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the 1996 NHL playoffs.

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Joe Sakic was one goal off from the record for goals in a playoff year, and his game-winning goals established a new record.

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Joe Sakic had another great playoff season with eight goals and 17 assists, and took the Avalanche all the way to the conference finals, where they eventually lost to the Detroit Red Wings in six games.

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Joe Sakic led the Avalanche all the way to within one game of the Stanley Cup Finals, where they lost to the eventual champion Dallas Stars.

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On December 27,1999, against the St Louis Blues, Joe Sakic earned an assist to become the 56th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 career points.

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Joe Sakic won the Hart Memorial Trophy, the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy and the Lester B Pearson Award, while being a finalist for the Frank J Selke Trophy.

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Joe Sakic led the Avalanche to their second Stanley Cup championship, defeating the defending title holders New Jersey Devils in seven games.

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Memorably, after receiving the Cup from the NHL commissioner, Joe Sakic broke with tradition by not hoisting it first as most captains do, instead passing the Cup straight to Ray Bourque, a player who had waited a record-breaking 22 seasons to win the Stanley Cup.

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The following year, Joe Sakic appeared in only 58 games and finished with just 58 points.

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Joe Sakic rebounded the following year, finishing third in the league with 87 points.

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Joe Sakic scored his 600th career goal on February 15,2007, against the Calgary Flames, becoming the 17th player in history to reach the milestone and third that year.

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Nineteen days later, Joe Sakic scored a goal and assisted Ryan Smyth for an overtime game-winning goal against the Calgary Flames, reaching his 1,600th point in the NHL.

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On December 27,2007, it was announced that Joe Sakic underwent hernia surgery to accelerate the recovery of an injury that had forced him to miss the previous 12 games after a 232 consecutive games played streak.

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On March 22,2008, Joe Sakic recorded his 1,000th career assist against the Edmonton Oilers, becoming the 11th player in NHL history to reach this milestone.

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In June 2008, Joe Sakic had a talk with Colorado General Manager Francois Giguere and said that he is uncertain with his future with the Avalanche.

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Joe Sakic was named the inaugural member of the Avalanche Alumni Association.

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Joe Sakic was voted into the NHL All-Star Game 13 times and played in 12 of them, serving as a captain for two of them, the last in 2007.

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Joe Sakic won the Most Valuable Player award in the 2004 All-Star Game after scoring a hat trick, despite the Western Conference losing the game.

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Joe Sakic is the all-time assist leader in All-Star Games with 16 assists and is third place in all-time all-star scoring with 22 points, behind Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky.

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Joe Sakic had an extensive international hockey career, representing Canada at seven international competitions.

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Joe Sakic tried out for the 1991 Canada Cup Canadian team, but was the first player to be cut, being cited for his weak leg strength.

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Joe Sakic was later named MVP of the tournament with a cumulative tally of four goals and six assists and became one of the first Canadian members of the Triple Gold Club.

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Joe Sakic played a part in Canada's triumph in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, where he scored six points in six games.

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On December 21,2005, Joe Sakic was named captain of Team Canada for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

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In 2011, two years after his retirement, Joe Sakic returned to the Avalanche to work in their front office.

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On June 26,2012, Joe Sakic was selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

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Joe Sakic was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 12,2012, along with Mats Sundin, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates.

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Joe Sakic was the only member of his class who won the Stanley Cup during his career.

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Joe Sakic admitted later that he was at points expecting to be sacked by the team ownership in the midst of the poor results.

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Joe Sakic became only the third person, after Milt Schmidt and Serge Savard, to win a Stanley Cup with the same franchise as a player and general manager.

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On July 11,2022, the Avalanche announced that Joe Sakic would be ceding the general manager title to longtime assistant Chris MacFarland and assuming a new role as president of hockey operations.

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Joe Sakic and his wife Debbie have three children: son Mitchell, born in 1996, and fraternal twins; son Chase and daughter Kamryn, born in October 2000.

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Joe Sakic is an avid golfer, and competed in the celebrity Pro Am golf tournament in Lake Tahoe in the summer of 2006.

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Joe Sakic has an uncredited role in the movie Happy Gilmore as a "player at hockey tryouts".

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Joe Sakic recorded his 1,000th career point on December 27,1999, against the St Louis Blues.

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Joe Sakic became the 11th player to reach 1,500 points, doing so on October 25,2006, with an assist against the Washington Capitals, and the sixth to do so with one franchise.

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Joe Sakic played his 1,000th career game on March 9,2002, against the Los Angeles Kings.

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Joe Sakic earned his 900th assist, the 16th player to do so, against the Flames in a game on March 12,2006.

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On March 22,2008, against the Edmonton Oilers, Joe Sakic recorded the 1,000th assist of his career, the 11th player to do so.

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Alongside Bobby Clarke, Wayne Gretzky, and Mark Messier, Joe Sakic is one of four players to captain his team to a Stanley Cup championship and win the Hart Memorial Trophy in the same year.

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Joe Sakic is a member of the Triple Gold Club, a term used in ice hockey to describe players who have won an Olympic gold medal, a World Championship gold medal and the Stanley Cup.

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Joe Sakic holds the franchise record for most games played, and is on several notable NHL records which are most All-Star game assists and most playoff overtime goals.

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The first signs of Joe Sakic's leadership began to show while still a member of the Swift Current Broncos of the WHL.

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Joe Sakic's handing of the Stanley Cup exemplified his classiness and how he performed through actions rather than words.

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