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Joe Sakic !!!

Awards and Achievements:
2 x Stanley Cup Champion (1996, 2001)

Hart Trophy Winner (2001)
Lester B. Pearson Award (2001)
Lady Byng Winner (2001)
Conn Smythe Winner (1996)

3 x First Team All-Star (2001, 2002, 2004)

13 x NHL All-Star (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007)

Hart voting – 1st(2001), 6th(1996), 7th(1991), 7th(2002), 7th(2004), 8th(2007), 14th(1997), 14th(2000)
All-Star voting – 1st(2001), 1st(2002), 1st(2004), 3rd(1991), 3rd(2000), 4th(1995), 4th(1996), 4th(1999), 4th(2007)

Olympic Gold Medal (2002)
World Cup Gold Medal (2004)
World Championship Gold Medal (1994)
World Junior Championship Gold Medal (1988)
World Cup Silver Medal (1996)
World Championship Silver Medal (1991)

IIHF MVP (2002)
IIHF Best Forward (2002)

Scoring Achievements:
Points – 2nd(2001), 2nd(2004), 3rd(1996), 4th(1995), 5th(1999), 5th(2002), 6th(1991), 6th(2007), 8th(2000), 10th(1990), 14th(1992), 17th(1993), 17th(2006), 19th(1994)
Goals – 2nd(2001), 5th(1996), 6th(1991), 6th(1999), 10th(2004), 15th(1993), 16th(2007)
Assists – 3rd(1995), 3rd(2002), 4th(2000), 4th(2004), 5th(1999), 5th(2001), 6th(2007), 8th(1996), 9th(1992), 11th(1991), 11th(1994), 12th(1990), 16th(1997), 16th(2006)

Play-off Points – 1st(1996), 1st(2001), 2nd(1997), 3rd(2002), 4th(1999)
Play-off Goals – 1st(1996), 1st(2001), 2nd(2002), 8th(1997), 10th(2003), 10th(2004)
Play-off Assists – 1st(1997), 2nd(1996), 3rd(1999), 4th(2001), 8th(2002)

IIHF Points – 3rd(1991), 3rd(2002)
IIHF Goals – 3rd(1991), 3rd(2002), 6th(1994)

Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report 1996-97
The Finesse Game
In Sakic's first seven seasons in the NHL, he was rightly known as one of the game's best playmakers. It's not a secret that, in the past two seasons, he has become one of the game's best shooters. Now how do you defend against him? Sakic has one of the most explosive first steps in the league. He finds and hits the holes in a hurry, even with the puck, to create his chances. He uses a stick shaft with a little more "whip" in it, and that makes his shots more dangerous. He has one of the best wrist shots and snap shots in the NHL. He has one of the quickest releases in the game. Sakic's most impressive gift is his great patience with the puck. He will hold it until the last minute, when he has drawn the defenders to him and opened up ice, creating--as coaches love to express it--time and space for his linemates. This makes him a gem on the power play, where last season he worked mostly down low and just off the half-boards on the right wing. Sakic can also play the point. Sakic is a scoring threat every time he is on the ice because he can craft a dangerous scoring chance out of a situation that looks innocent. He is lethal trailing the rush. He takes a pass in full stride without slowing, then dekes and shoots before the goalie can even flinch. Sakic is a good face-off man, and if he's tied up he uses his skates to kick the puck free.

The Physical Game
Sakic is not a physical player. He's stronger than he looks, and, like Wayne Gretzky, will spin off his checks when opponents take runs at him. He uses his body to protect the puck when he is carrying deep; you have to go through him to get it away. He will try to keep going through traffic or along the boards with the puck, and often squirts free with it because he is able to maintain control and his balance. He creates turnovers with his quickness and hands, but not by initiating contact. He's remarkably durable. His injury last year (the result of a skate cut) marked the first time since 1991-92 that he missed a significant number of games.

The Intangibles
Sakic is a quiet leader, a soft-spoken guy who doesn't draw much attention to himself. His game does that. He may be one of the most respected players league-wide for his talent, competive nature and class.
Originally Posted by Sports Illustrated; Show Stoppers – June 17, 1996
(Patrick) Roy says that someday, when he retires, "I'll be able to say Peter and Joe were the best forwards I ever played with." In 10 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, during which time he played on two Stanley Cup-winning teams, Roy didn't have a teammate who could shape a game the way Sakic and Forsberg can. Sakic, the captain, has dazzling acceleration and a laser that masquerades as a wrist shot.
Originally Posted by Sports Illustrated; MVP – October 8, 2007
Joe Sakic: At 38 he still has the blinding speed, superb vision, deft passing touch and lethal wrist shot that he displayed as a 19-year-old rookie. Last season he became the second oldest player to have a 100-point season.
Originally Posted by Steve Yzerman
I was very fortunate to play with and against Joe throughout his amazing career. His humility and the class with which he always conducted himself I greatly admired. He was a great leader and competitor who always played his best hockey at the most important times. Joe possessed one of the quickest and most accurate wrist shots I have witnessed. I believe he retires as one of the greatest clutch players in the history on the NHL.
Originally Posted by Mario Lemieux
I always admired Joe's talent and determination as a player, and I was honored to be his teammate when we won a gold medal for Canada in the 2002 Olympics. In addition to his tremendous accomplishments on the ice, Joe also was a first-class person and leader. I want to congratulate him on an exceptional career.
Originally Posted by Ray Bourque
I had a blast playing in Colorado with Joe Sakic as our captain. I don’t think I have played with anybody who has had a better season then he did the year we won the Stanley Cup. He was a true professional and an exceptional athlete, but what I will remember most about him is that he represents one of the classiest people I have been around in all my career.
Originally Posted by Curtis Joseph
I think I'll remember Joe's fast hands and overall shiftiness. It always seemed like he was really slippery, always a step ahead of everybody with the puck. . . . You really had to be ready for anything with him, because everything happened so fast.
Originally Posted by Brian Bellows
He’s a supreme offensive player who’s really developed his defensive skills. One of the all around best players in league.

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