Monday, April 09, 2007

The Class of Sakic

Joe Sakic has signed on for a 19th NHL season with the Colorado Avalanche franchise, signing a US$6.75-million, one-year deal for 2007-08.

"I was really impressed with the way this team came together and am looking forward to next year," Sakic said in a statement. "To witness the growth of our young players and see how they performed with some of our other veterans was very encouraging and says a lot about the expectations we'll have for next season."

I am all caught up in the post season hoopla, but I just wanted to say that Joe Sakic is an amazing class act. His dedication to the organization that he has been with his whole career shows just how much of a loyal leader that he is.
The soft-spoken and much-respected Avalanche captain will remain in Colorado until he retires.
At 37-years of age, Sakic has only lost little of his speed and skill. Is he really going to retire after next season? He still has so much left in the tank, as his 100 point-plus season has proven.
Only Joe knows.
Despite the fact he plays for the enemy, and has been a career Canuck killer (right Corey Hirsch?), Sakic is, and always will be respected by British Columbians.
Now Joe, is there any way we can talk you into playing in Vancouver after next season? Please?

Some Sakic tributes:

Sakic fights Doug Gilmour

Gotta love him when he plays for Canada!

This is a pretty good Sakic compilation.

Here is how Sakic clinches a Cup win in Game 7 and then shows his true class afterward.

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At April 10, 2007 at 12:08 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

I have always respected Sakic, and even though he's always been a canuck killer, i'm always happy to see him do well. I remember i was at a canucks game against colorado, and he notched a career high goal, or something like that. and everyone there gave him a standing ovation. That was pretty sweet. He truly is a class act ! A good ole BC kid ! you gotta love it !

At April 10, 2007 at 12:39 p.m. , Blogger Dear Lord Stanley said...

One of the best NHL captains of all time, no doubt. And with only a quarter of the words spent by guys like Messier.

At April 10, 2007 at 1:13 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

A quarter or less, huh?

There's nothing classier than a guy that keeps his mouth shut and gets the job done.

Jenny- cool story, thanks. That pretty much sums up our love for the guy.

At April 10, 2007 at 2:48 p.m. , Blogger B_Washington said...

My favorite goal of all time. Is the one where he just flat-out uses Scott Stevens of NJ, then flips the puck through Steven's legs and over Brodeurs shoulder.


At April 10, 2007 at 8:43 p.m. , Blogger James said...

I was amazed when I recently looked at the points leader list for this season.. Burnaby Joe hangin in there, tied with Hossa for #6! Less goals, more assists. He can still put up the numbers, and there are few leaders who are better. Kudos to him!

At April 10, 2007 at 9:37 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Could Joe be better than that other #19 Leader, Steve Yzerman?


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