Joe Sakic By the Numbers
A Statistical Look at Sakic's Storied Career
Thursday, 07.9.2009 / 8:29 AM MT / Features
By Brendan McNicholas
1 – as in the number of franchises that Joe Sakic has played for during his NHL career.
2 – Sakic has captained the Avalanche to two Stanley Cup titles, 1996 and 2001
4 – Only four players have ever recorded more points with a single franchise: Gordie Howe and Steve Yzerman with the Red Wings, Mario Lemieux with the Penguins and Wayne Gretzky with the Oilers.
5 – Sakic is a perfect 5-for-5 on penalty shots during his career (4-for-4 in the regular season).
7 – Sakic ranks seventh all-time in both playoff goals (84) and playoff points (188-tied).
8 – the number of overtime goals that Sakic has scored in the Stanley Cup playoffs, an NHL record
12 – the number of times that Sakic has led the Nordiques/Avalanche in points
15 – Sakic was the 15th overall selection by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft.
16 – Sakic holds the record for career assists in the NHL All-Star Game with 16.
18 – Sakic scored 18 goals en route to capturing the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1996. Only Reggie Leach and Jari Kurri (both 19) have ever scored more goals in one postseason.
19 – Take a guess
20 – the number of seasons Sakic spent in the National Hockey League
30 – Sakic tallied at least 30 points against every NHL team except one, Atlanta. He totaled a “mere” 10 points in 10 games against the Thrashers.
33.3 - Sakic’s career percentage in shootout attempts (7-for-21). After going 0-for-7 in 2005-06, Joe rebounded to score on 7-of-14 attempts (50.0%) over his final three seasons.
37 – Sakic tallied 100 points as a 37-year old in 2006-07. He became the second oldest player in NHL history to reach the century mark behind Gordie Howe (40 yrs in 1968-69).
50 – it had been 50 years since Canada’s last Olympic gold medal in men’s ice hockey when Sakic scored twice against the United States in the gold medal game in 2002 to lift Team Canada to the title.