FORMER BRONCO SAKIC ENTERS HALL OF FAME

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The Western Hockey League would like to congratulate former Swift Current Bronco Joe Sakic on his induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Sakic, a product of Burnaby, B.C., was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday in a special induction ceremony in Toronto, ON, along with fellow NHL greats Adam Oates, Mats Sundin and Pavel Bure.

During his 20-year NHL career, spent entirely with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise, Sakic recorded 625 goals and 1,016 assists for 1,641 points over 1,378 career NHL games.  The Avalanche’s captain for 17 seasons, Sakic helped lead the team to a pair of Stanley Cups (1996, 2001), captured the Hart Memorial trophy and the Ted Lindsay award in 2001, and was named to the NHL First All-Star team three times.

Sakic also enjoyed an outstanding international career, playing for Team Canada in three Olympic Games, winning Gold and earning tournament MVP in 2002 in Salt Lake City.  In addition, Sakic won a Gold medal for Canada at the 1994 World Championship, played in two World Cup tournaments, and played for the Canadian national junior team in 1987.

Before starting his NHL career, Sakic played two seasons in the WHL with the Swift Current Broncos from 1986-88, piling up 138 goals and 293 points in 139 games.  The 1988 WHL and CHL Player of the Year, Sakic won the WHL scoring title in 1987-88, sharing the honor with former Moose Jaw Warrior Theoren Fleury, and was named the WHL East Rookie of the Year in 1987.

Sakic was chosen 15th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft.

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