Hockey legend Joe Sakic enters Hockey Hall of Fame tonight.
Sakic, of course, did more than just make it to the NHL. He scored 625 goals and another 84 in the playoffs — many of them with one of the best wrist shots the NHL has ever seen – and won two Stanley Cups with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and 2001, as well as Olympic gold in 2002.
He played in 13 NHL All-Star Games and won the Hart Trophy, the Conn Smythe Trophy, the Lady Byng Trophy and the Lester B. Pearson Award. He retired in 2009, after 1,378 regular-season games and 172 playoff contests.
Sakic didn’t have to wait long for the Hall of Fame to come calling and is part of an impressive class that includes Mats Sundin, Adam Oates and Pavel Bure.
In an interview from his Denver-area home a couple of days before he headed to Toronto for the Hall of Fame festivities, Sakic said he wasn’t sure exactly what to expect in terms of emotions.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I am really excited about it, for sure. You don’t really know how you are going to feel until you are there. I’ll probably start to feel it Monday morning when you are going to rehearsal and once you are in the building it will hit you. Who knows. I just know I am excited about it.”
“I just loved the whole ride,” he says. “I loved going to the rink, I loved playing hockey, I loved going to the old 4 Rinks in Burnaby, which is now the 8 Rinks, and playing pick-up. I just wanted to be out on the ice.
“I played at the North Shore Winter Club until I was in Bantam and then I went to Burnaby Minor and we had some pretty good teams there. We won the Western Purolator Cup and went to the Air Canada Cup final so we had some pretty good success. I have so many great memories.”
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