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Joe Sakic

Team Commitment

As the July 1, 2001, deadline approached for Sakic to become an unrestricted free agent, Lacroix remained hopeful that Sakic would stay with his team. In a suspenseful last-minute signing, Sakic and teammates Patrick Roy and Rob Blake made a commitment to stay in Denver. Sakic's five-year contract was for $50.5 million, with an optional sixth year making it $57 million. The top salary for the previous single season in the NHL had been $10 million. Lacroix said in Sports Illustrated of the signing, "To have athletes like Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy, and Rob Blake commit themselves to this organization and market before having a chance to be an unrestricted free agent indicates how special they are and how equally special this city and hockey environment is." The Denver fans had indeed showed their appreciation: the Avalanche's home games were sold out 295 consecutive times, including playoffs, since 1995.

Since re-signing with the Avalanche, Sakic has continued to work toward making the team the consistent best in the NHL. He scored a total of seventy-nine points during the 2001-2002 season and again played with Team Canada at the Olympics, where he scored four goals and three assists in six games.

Career Statistics

Yr Team GP G A PTS +/− PIM SOG SPCT PPG SHG
AVAL: Colorado Avalanche; NORD: Quebec Nordiques.
1988-89 NORD 70 23 39 62 -36 24 148 15.5 10 0
1989-90 NORD 80 39 63 102 -40 27 234 16.7 8 1
1990-91 NORD 80 48 61 109 -26 24 245 19.6 12 3
1991-92 NORD 69 29 65 94 5 20 217 13.4 6 3
1992-93 NORD 78 48 57 105 -3 40 264 18.2 20 2
1993-94 NORD 84 28 64 92 -8 18 279 10.0 10 1
1994-95 NORD 47 19 43 62 7 30 157 12.1 3 2
1995-96 AVAL 82 51 69 120 14 44 339 15.0 17 6
1996-97 AVAL 65 22 52 74 -10 34 261 8.4 10 2
1997-98 AVAL 64 27 36 63 0 50 254 10.6 12 1
1998-99 AVAL 73 41 55 96 23 29 255 16.1 12 5
1999-2000 AVAL 60 28 53 81 30 28 242 11.6 5 1
2000-2001 AVAL 82 54 64 118 45 30 332 16.3 19 3
2001-2002 AVAL 82 26 53 79 12 18 260 10.0 9 1
TOTAL 1016 483 774 1257 13 416 3487 13.9 153 31

Cultivating his quiet leadership ability, Sakic has become not only one of the most respected players in the league but also one of the most admired team captains. His numerous awards and generous contracts speak for his value as a player, and his steadfast loyalty to the Avalanche shows his dedication to the principle that winning is a team effort. He once told Sporting News, "Pressure is part of the game. But I don't worry about it. I just go out and play the game as hard as I can."

Awards and Accomplishments

Conn Smythe Trophy is given to NHL's most valuable player for his team in the playoffs
Stanley Cup is NHL hockey's championship award, given following a best-of-seven-games series between Eastern and Western Conference champions
Hart Memorial Trophy is awarded to NHL's most valuable player to his team
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy goes to player with best sportsmanship and most gentlemanly conduct, with high level of playing ability
Lester B. Pearson Trophy is awarded to the NHL's outstanding player as selected by the members of the NHL Player's Association
1987 Western Hockey League (WHL) East Most Valuable Player; WHL Stewart (Butch) Paul Memorial Trophy; WHL All-Star Second Team
1988 Canadian Major Junior Player of the Year; Four Broncos Memorial Trophy; Bob Clarke Trophy; Canadian Hockey League Player of the Year; WHL Player of the Year
1990-94, 1996, 1998, 2001 NHL All-Star Game
1994 Gold medal, World Hockey Championships
1996 As captain of Colorado Avalanche, team won Stanley Cup; Conn Smythe Trophy; NHL All-Star Game
1997 Avalanche won President's Trophy
1998 Ranked 15th best player in NHL by Hockey News; participated in Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, with Canadian team
2000 NHL Player of the Month, November
2001 As captain of Colorado Avalanche, team won Clarence Campbell Bowl and Stanley Cup; named NHL's Most Valuable Player; Hart Trophy; Lady Byng Memorial Trophy; Lester B. Pearson Trophy; Bud Light Plus-Minus Award

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