Joe Sakic – Classy redefined

October 3rd, 2009 by Baxter Leave a reply »

I always admired Joe Sakic. As I’m sitting here in Denver, CO, a few nights after Colorado retired his jersey, I cannot help but feel nostalgic about his incredible career.

Joe Sakic at the 2002 Olympics

Joe Sakic at the 2002 Olympics

Never mind he was a tremendously prolific scorer, finishing his NHL career eighth in points (1,641), 11th in assists (1,016) and 14th in goals (625). Two 50 goal seasons, six seasons with at least 100 points. Lead his team in Quebec as captain through difficult years (Eric who?). League MVP in 2001. Two Stanley Cup championships with the Colorado Avalanche. Lead Team Canada to its first Olympic Gold Medal in 50 years, earning him the tournament’s MVP.

What defines Joe Sakic? Two moments from his career really cemented his legacy in my mind, and in all those who watched.

The first was in February 2002. Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. Canada vs. US. Gold Medal game. As millions across Canada watched breathlessly, Joe Sakic carries the team on his shoulders, scoring four points including the game-winning goal in a 5-2 win, and his place in Canadian sports history is defined. A 50-year Olympic drought is ended by a true legend.

Joe Sakic hands Ray Bourque the Stanley Cup. Classy.

Joe Sakic hands Ray Bourque the Stanley Cup. Classy.

The second moment is a true testament to the character of the man. After leading his team to their second Stanley Cup in 2001, Sakic unselfishly ignored NHL tradition by not hoisting the Cup as the team captain, but intead, passing it to Ray Bourque. Bourque had just been traded to the Avalanche the year before, after spending his entire career in Boston and setting a league record for most games played without winning the Cup. It was truly a classy gesture — and probably one of the most memorable moments in the NHL. For all of us who have dreamed about hoisting the Cup, this was an unbelievable thing for Sakic to do.

“I told him on the ice that as soon as I got it, I was going to pass it over to him,” Sakic said afterwards. “He’s the one that deserved to lift it up first.”

“Hockey is my life. It’s given me everything and I’m so lucky to play it. When it’s time to go, it’s time to go.”

Stay classy, Joe Sakic.

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2 comments

  1. Peggy Covey says:

    Dear Mr. Sakic,
    I hope and pray you will take a few minutes of your time to listen to mehere. I am asking if there is any way possible, that you could help our hockey kids who are about to lose our ice center where hundreds of kids skate and play hockey in Overland Park, Kansas – the Pepsi Ice MidWest Center. We use to live in Colorado Springs, so we are & always will be HUGE Avalanche Fans. My 13 year old grandson, Connor Moore #99, plays on 2 hockey teams for the Kansas City All Stars, and you are & always have been his absolute favorite player EVER! He is your BIGGEST FAN! Connor idolizes you and has your photos & posters all over his bedroom. He looks up to you so much. I need to get to the point. We are about to lose our ice center (Pepsi Ice MidWest) in Overland Park, KansasThis ice center hosts many KC Stars kids hockey teams, plus is open to the public for ice skating. Their refrigeration unit recently broke. They are now saying they can’t afford to fix or replace it, and will probably be repurposing the center for some other kinds of sports. ALL of our kids who play hockey there (as well as their families) will be devistated if this happens, especially if it means the Kansas City Stars teams will be disbanded & our kids have to go play elsewhere. I don’t know what form your help might be in, but anything would be terrific. We pray there is something you might be able to do. Thank you so much for your time in listening to my plea, Peggy Covey (Hockey Grandma)

  2. Mookie says:

    No offense intended but I highly doubt Joe Sakic reads all the articles written about him. I hope you find help but i don’t think this is the best avenue to explore.

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