Thursday, July 9, 2009
A Hockey Legend Hangs Up His Skates
Future Hall of Famer Joe Sakic officially hung up his skates for retirement today after an amazing 20 seasons with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche organization. His incredible career includes two Stanley Cups and 13 All-Star appearances and his smoking wrist shot helped earn him the eighth spot in points among the top NHL leaders. And throw in an Olympic Gold medal with Team Canada to the mix! Sakic's season was cut short last year due to back surgery and a freak run in with a snowblower, which injured three of his fingers. Sakic, Colorado's captain for 16 consecutive seasons, is well-respected among his peers for his quiet leadership and sportsmanship on the ice.
Best of luck to a class-act and one of hockey's greatest! The Avalanche will retire Sakic's #19 jersey along side fellow legends Patrick Roy and Ray Bourque at the team's season opener.