A Tribute to a True NHL Great: Joe Sakic

Brennan NettContributor IJuly 8, 2009

CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 03:  Joe Sakic #19 of the Colorado Avalanche looks on against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on November 3, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Yesterday was a bittersweet day around the NHL as 20-year veteran star Joe Sakic annouced his retirement.  Sakic has been known as one of the best team captains in league history, being a captain since the 1992 season.  Sakic has played all twenty seasons of his Hall of Fame career with the Quebec Nordiques, who are now the Colorado Avalanche

Over the course of his brilliant career, Sakic has scored 50+ goals in two seasons, and recording at least 100 points in six different seasons.  He is one of the most efficient players to ever play the game ranking 8th all-time in points scored, 14th all-time in goals scored, and 11th all-time in career assists.   

A 13 time all-star Sakic, a very decorated player, was named the 2004 NHL All-Star game MVP, a three time NHL First All-Star Team member in 2001, 2002, and 2004.  Adding the 1996 Conn Smythe Trophy, the Hart Memorial Trophy, Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, and the Lester B. Pearson Award all during the 2001 season.  Not to forget Sakic was apart of two Stanley Cup Championship teams in 1996 and 2001.  He was a gold medal winning member of the 2002 Winter Olympics as a part of the Canadian Team, that same year he was name the tournaments Most Valuable Player. 

Joe will be greatly missed throughout the league, not only to his team for his tremendous leadership ability, but the way he played the game with an undescribable passion.  To me Joe is a no doubt first ballot Hall of Famer, in a day that sports figures usually don't play their entire careers with one team the way Joe did, is what made him a special player he stuck through the think and the thin.  So, in the end what I would like to say is thank you to Joe Sakic for a wonderful career you will be greatly missed!