Enters his 20th season in the NHL, all with the Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques…No other active player has been with the same team for a longer period of time…Will be serving as team captain for the 16th consecutive season (17th season overall), also the longest current streak in the league…Ranks eighth on the NHL’s all-time scoring list with 1,629 career points…Only four players have ever recorded more points with a single franchise: Gordie Howe (1809) and Steve Yzerman (1755) with the Red Wings, Mario Lemieux with the Penguins (1723) and Wayne Gretzky with the Oilers (1669)…Sakic ranks 11th all-time in assists (1006) and 14th in goals (623)…Captained the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup championship in both 1996 and 2001…Awarded the franchise’s first Hart Trophy as league MVP in 2000-01…Won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1996…2001 Lester B. Pearson Award winner (NHLPA MVP) and 2001 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (sportsmanship)…NHL First-Team All-Star in 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2003-04…Bud Light Plus/Minus Award in 2001…Has participated in 12 All-Star Games (13 selections), making four starts…Holds All-Star Game record for career assists with 16…Ranks third on the All-Star Game points list with 22, trailing only Gretzky (25) and Lemieux (23)…Was MVP of the 2004 All-Star Game and captained the Western Conference All-Stars in 2007…Three-time Olympian with Team Canada (1998, 2002, 2006)…MVP of 2002 Olympics after helping Canada to its first gold medal in 50 years…Captained Team Canada at the 2006 Olympics…Leads all active players in career assists and points…Ranks 12th all-time in power-play goals with 205, second among active players…Is tied for 19th all-time in game-winning goals (86)…Has recorded 470 career multi-point games, tied for the seventh most in NHL history…Has tallied at least 50 assists in 14 different seasons, tied with Paul Coffey and Marcel Dionne for the third most 50-assist campaigns in league history…Only Gretzky (18) and Ron Francis (16) have more…Has reached the 30-goal mark in a franchise-record nine different seasons…Has surpassed the 20-goal mark in 17 of his 19 seasons; one of only 10 players in NHL history to score 20 or more goals in 17 different seasons…Sakic and Gordie Howe are the only players in NHL history to reach the 100-point mark at age 37 or older…Quebec’s second choice (first round, 15th overall) in the 1987 Entry Draft, Sakic is the franchise’s all-time leader in nearly every statistical category, including games played (1363), goals (623), assists (1006), points (1629), power-play goals (205), short-handed goals (32) and game-winning goals (86).
CAREER PLAYOFF SUMMARY
Holds the NHL record for playoff overtime goals with eight…Ranks seventh all-time in both playoff goals (84) and points (188-tied)…Leads all active players in both categories…Captained the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup championship in both 1996 and 2001…Won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1996…Since 1995-96, no other NHL player has scored more goals or recorded more points in the postseason (77 goals, 177 points)…Is tied with Claude Lemieux for third all-time in playoff game-winning goals (19)…Ranks 20th all-time in career playoff assists with 104…Colorado is 48-15 (.762) in playoff games when Sakic scores a goal and 76-31 (.710) when he records at least one point.
Despite being limited to only 44 games, still finished fifth on the team in scoring with 40 points (13g/27a)…Missed 38 games from Dec. 1 to Feb. 22 (hernia), the most action he has ever missed during his NHL career…Underwent hernia surgery on Dec. 28…Was placed on Injured Reserve, Dec. 11 (retro to Nov. 30) and activated on Feb. 24…Prior to that Sakic had played in 232 consecutive games dating back to Jan. 6, 2004…Passed Phil Esposito (1590) for eighth place on the all-time points list with a goal and an assist on Oct. 7 vs. San Jose…Sakic’s goal also moved him into sole pos session of 14th on the all-time goals list with 611, passing Bobby Hull…Recorded his 15th career hat trick on Oct. 13 vs. Columbus…Only Peter Stastny (16) has more in franchise history…Assisted on Ryan Smyth’s overtime game-winner for his 1,600th career point on Oct. 26 at Calgary (eighth player in NHL history to reach 1,600 points)…Scored his 203rd career power-play goal on Nov. 28 vs. Edmonton, passing Steve Yzerman (202) for 13th place all-time…Scored with 15 seconds remaining to force OT on Feb. 27 in Vancouver and tallied the deciding goal in the Avs’ 3-2 shootout win…Recorded his 1,000th career assist on March 22 at Edmonton, becoming just the 11th player in NHL history to reach that mark…Scored with 5.9 seconds left to force overtime and added the shootout winner on March 28 vs. Edmonton…Collected his 1,000th point in an Avalanche sweater (since 1995-96) with an assist on April 1 at Vancouver…Scored his 205th career power-play goal on April 6 vs. Minnesota to pass Wayne Gretzky (204) for 12th place on the all-time list. PLAYOFFS: Led the Avalanche in postseason scoring with 10 points (2g/8a)…Scored his eighth career playoff overtime goal (most in NHL history) in Game One (CQF) at Minnesota on April 9…Passed Ray Bourque (180) for 10th place on the all-time playoff scoring list with a goal and one assist on April 14 vs. Minnesota…Tallied his 100th playoff assist in Game Six (CQF) vs. Minnesota on April 19…With a pair of assists on April 29 vs. Detroit, Sakic moved into eighth place on the NHL’s all-time playoff scoring list with 186 points, passing Bryan Trottier (184) and Steve Yzerman (185).
2006-07: Led the Avalanche and tied for sixth in league scoring with 100 points (36g/64a) in 82 games…Joined Gordie Howe as the only players in NHL history to eclipse the 100-point mark at age 37 or older…Howe had 103 points at the age of 40 in 1968-69…Reached the 100-point plateau for the sixth time in his career and the first time since 2000-01…Led the Avalanche in all three scoring categories…Joe’s 64 assists ranked sixth in the league and equaled the third highest total of his career…Moved into ninth place on the NHL’s all-time scoring list in 2006-07, passing Hall of Fame defensemen Paul Coffey and Ray Bourque…Jumped from 15th to 11th in assists, passing Stan Mikita, Larry Murphy, Al MacInnis and Doug Gilmour…Also moved from 17th to 14th in goals, leaping Dino Ciccarelli and Jari Kurri…Topped the century mark in points with a goal and two assists in the season finale against Calgary on April 8…Sakic’s goal was the 610th of his career, tying Bobby Hull for 14th all time, and also his 200th power-play goal, making him just the 14th player in NHL history to score 200 PPG…Appeared in all 82 games for the second straight year and fourth time in the last six seasons…Finished tied for eighth in the league in power-play points (43) and ninth in power-play goals (16), both team highs…Led the Avs in faceoff percentage (53.1%) and ranked first among Colorado forwards in ice time (20:11)…Was the club’s top scorer in every month during the season…Made his 12th appearance (13th selection) in the NHL
All-Star Game and was named a starter for the fourth time in his career…Named captain of the Western Conference All-Stars…Notched four assists to lead the West to a 12-9 victory over the East on Jan. 24 in Dallas…Sakic’s four assists gave him 16 for his career, surpassing Mark Messier’s All-Star record of 14…It was the seventh multi-point game for Sakic in the All-Star Game, breaking Wayne Gretzky’s record of six…Recorded 20 points (5g/15a) in eight games against the Calgary Flames, the highest scoring total of any NHL player against one team in 2006-07…Sakic’s 20 points tied the franchise record for most points against a single team in one season (Peter Stastny vs. Hartford in 1987-88)…Became the 11th player in NHL history to reach 1,500 points with an assist on Oct. 25 vs. Washington…Moved into 10th place on the all-time scoring list with three assists on Jan. 1 at Nashville, passing Paul Coffey (1531)…Netted his seventh regular season OT goal on Feb. 6 vs. Florida…Collected five points (2g/3a), including his 600th career goal, on Feb. 15 at Calgary…Became the 17th player in NHL history to reach 600 goals…Was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week for Feb. 12-18…Appeared in his 1,300th NHL game on Feb. 25 at Anaheim…Posted a 10-game assist streak from Feb. 6-24, tying Martin St. Louis for the longest such streak in the NHL that season…Named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for March 12-18…With an assist on March 29 at Phoenix, Sakic moved ahead of Ray Bourque (1579) for ninth place on the all-time scoring list…Scored his 609th goal on April 3 at Calgary, passing Dino Ciccarelli for 15th place all time…Was named the NHL’s ‘Second Star’ for the final week of the regular season (April 2-8). 2005-06: Led the Avalanche in assists (55) and points (87) and tied Marek Svatos for the team lead with 32 goals…Moved from 16th to 11th on the all-time points list, from 22nd to 17th in goals and from 20th to 15th in assists…Appeared in all 82 games for the third time in the past five seasons…Racked up a career-high 60 penalty minutes…Led the team in faceoff win percentage (52.5%) and was second in shots (263)…Recorded a point in 14 consecutive road games, Oct. 8-Dec. 10, tied for the longest road scoring streak in the NHL that year…Passed Bryan Trottier for 12th place on the NHL’s all-time points list with a goal on Nov. 29 at Edmonton…Converted a penalty shot on Dec. 18 at Madison Square Garden, improving to 5-for-5 all-time on penalty shots (4-for-4 in the regular season)…Played in his 1,200th NHL game on Jan. 11 vs. Montreal…Scored his 560th and 561st career goals on Jan. 24 vs. Calgary, passing Guy Lafleur (560) for 18th place in NHL history…Recorded his 900th career assist on March 12 vs. Calgary…With a four-point night on March 20 at Los Angeles, Sakic moved past Stan Mikita (1467) for 11th place on the NHL’s all-time scoring list and past Trottier (901) for 15th on the all-time assist list…Scored his 574th career goal on the final day of the regular season on April 17 at Edmonton, passing Mike Bossy for 17th place all-time. PLAYOFFS: Led the Avalanche with four goals and tied Andrew Brunette for the team lead with nine points during the 2006 playoffs…Scored his NHL-record seventh playoff overtime goal in Game Two (CQF) at Dallas on April 24…Broke a tie with the legendary Maurice Richard, who scored six overtime winners in the playoffs from 1946-58…Appeared in his 155th career playoff game in Game Two (CQF) at Dallas, passing Adam Foote for the most in franchise history. 2003-04: First Team NHL All-Star in his 16th season…Tied for second in the league in scoring with 87 points…Shared the NHL lead in multi-point games with Martin St. Louis (26)…Ranked fourth in the NHL in assists (tied--54), 10th in goals (33) and eighth in power-play goals (13)…Registered a hat trick and was named MVP of the 2004 All-Star Game in Minnesota on Feb. 8…NHL/Sheraton Road Performer Award winner after leading the league with 49 points in 41 road games (22g/27a)…Tallied his 13th career hat trick Dec. 20 at Los Angeles and 14th career hat trick March 3 vs. Vancouver…Suffered a jaw injury Dec. 31 at Calgary but would miss just one game. PLAYOFFS: His seven goals and 12 points in the playoffs led the team in both categories…Registered back-to-back overtime goals in Games Four and Five of the WCSF against San Jose, becoming the first player since Chris Chelios in 1995 with the Blackhawks to score overtime goals in back-to-back playoff games…It was Sakic’s fifth and sixth career playoff OT goals, tying Maurice Richard for the most in NHL history. 2002-03: Tallied his 500th career goal on Dec. 11 at Vancouver, becoming the 31st player in NHL history to reach that milestone…He became only the 13th player to score his first 500 goals with one club…Tallied natural hat trick March 13 at Columbus, all coming in the first period…First natural trick for an Avalanche or Nordiques player since 1990-91…Left the Dec. 13 contest at Edmonton with an ankle injury and missed the next nine games, snapping his consecutive GP streak at 224…Missed 15 games with a broken foot suffered Jan. 20 vs. Dallas. PLAYOFFS: Led the Avs in goals (6) and points (9)…Passed Gordie Howe for 14th place on the all time playoff goal scoring list. 2001-02: Finished the season tied for fifth in the NHL with 79 points…Ranked third in the league in assists (53)…NHL First Team All-Star…Had a career-long 18-game goal-scoring drought from Dec. 19 to Jan. 26. PLAYOFFS: Finished second on the team in scoring with 19 points, tied for third most in NHL. 2000-01: Captured the Hart Trophy as league MVP, the first player in franchise history to win the award…Also snagged the Lester B. Pearson Award (NHLPA MVP) and the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (sportsmanship)…First Team NHL All-Star…Finished second in the league in scoring with 118 points in 82 games…Potted a career high 54 goals, topping his previous best of 51 set in 1995-96…His 54 goals ranked second in the NHL behind Pavel Bure (59)…Led the league in game-winning goals (12), power-play points (46) and plus/minus (+45 - tied)…Tied for second in PP goals (19) and was fifth in assists (64)…Set a franchise mark for shots in a single-season with 332, breaking the record of 315 by Claude Lemieux in 1995-96…Established a franchise record for most three-point games in a season with 16, passing Michel Goulet’s mark of 13 set in 1982-83…Became the franchise’s all-time goal-scoring leader with his 457th on April 8 at Minnesota, surpassing Goulet (456). PLAYOFFS: Led the NHL in post-season goals (13), points (26) and power play goals (5-tied)…Combined with Peter Forsberg and Eric Messier for a franchise-record three fastest goals (0:38 in Game Four at Vancouver)…Left in the first period of Game Three at Los Angeles with a shoulder injury…Returned in Game Six (missed two contests)…Equaled a personal-best four point effort in Game One of the Conference Finals vs. St. Louis (2g/2a), including the franchise’s first playoff penalty shot goal…Scored 24 seconds into overtime to clinch the series in Game Five vs. St. Louis…Had a team-high nine points (4g/5a) in the Stanley Cup Finals against New Jersey…Scored two goals, including the game-winner, in a 5-0 victory over the Devils in Game One (May 26)…Had a goal and one assist in Game Seven of the Finals at Pepsi Center on June 9. 1999-00: Finished first on club in points (81), assists (53), plus/minus
(+30) and shots (242)…Recorded his 1,000th career point with an assist on Chris Dingman’s goal at 12:03 of the second period on Dec. 27 vs. St. Louis…Became the 56th player in NHL history to reach the 1000-point mark, the 14th to do so with one franchise…Compiled a career-best 14-game point streak from Feb. 29-March 29 (16g/11a)…On March 23 at Phoenix, Sakic notched his ninth career hat trick, scored his 400th career goal and became the all-time franchise leader in points with 1,049…Missed a total of 19 games in November and December due to a rib cartilage injury…Equaled career-best with a seven-game goal streak March 2-14 (11g)…Named NHL Player of the Month for March after tallying 15 goals, including two hat tricks, and 11 assists with a +15 rating in 13 games. PLAYOFFS: Moved into first place on the franchise’s all-time playoff lists (games played, goals, assists, points)…Finished tied with Milan Hejduk and Ray Bourque for fourth on Avs in scoring (2g/7a)…Notched his 100th career playoff point in Game Five (CSF) vs. Detroit. 1998-99: Posted his fourth career 40-goal season with 41 (sixth-best in NHL)…Was second on the team and fifth in the league in both points (96) and assists (55)…Tied for the league lead with five short-handed goals…Scored SH goals in three consecutive games, Oct. 15-24, one shy of NHL record set by Dave Reid with Toronto in 1990…Recorded his second career fighting major on March 20 vs. Chicago (Doug Gilmour)…His other was Feb. 28, 1990 vs. Toronto (Gary Leeman). PLAYOFFS: Points in 11 of 19 playoff games…Equaled franchise mark of 12 points in a series (3g/9a) against San Jose. 1997-98: Finished third on the team in scoring (63) despite missing significant time due to injury…Injured his knee on Feb. 18 during the Olympics, forcing him to miss 18 games…Returned April 4 at St. Louis. PLAYOFFS: Served a one-game suspension in Game One vs. Edmonton (CQF)…Became the franchise’s all-time leader in postseason goals with his 35th career playoff tally on April 26 (Michel Goulet 34)…Notched his third career playoff OT goal in Game Three at Edmonton on April 28. 1996-97: Finished second on the Avalanche in points (74) and assists (52)…Returned on Feb. 18 vs. Boston after suffering a deep laceration on his left calf muscle on Jan. 4 vs. Philadelphia (missed 17 games)…Recorded a career-high six points on Oct. 15 vs. Edmonton (1g/5a)…Named NHL Player of the Week for Oct. 14-20, collecting nine points (3g/6a) in three games. PLAYOFFS: Second in the NHL in points with 25…Led the NHL in assists (17) and power-play points (12)…Tallied at least one point in 13 of 17 playoff games…Had an eight game point/assist streak April 16-May 4 (3g/13a)…Led the Avs with 12 points in the Chicago series, tying a franchise record for the most points in a series (Peter Stastny in 1982 vs. Boston). 1995-96: Set a career high and finished third in the NHL with 120 points…Had multiple points in 36 games…Tied John Leclair for sixth in the NHL in goals with 51…Was eighth in the league in assists (69) and fourth in power-play points (50). PLAYOFFS: Awarded the 1996 Conn Smythe Trophy after helping the Avalanche to its first Stanley Cup…Led the league with 18 goals and 34 points during the postseason…Sakic’s 18 goals were the third most in NHL playoff history, just one shy of the record set by Reggie Leach in 1976 and equaled by Jari Kurri in 1985…Set an NHL playoff record with six game-winning goals; a mark that has since been broken by Brad Richards in 2004…League leader in power play goals (6), assists (10) and points (16)…Had a seven-game goal streak from April 22-May 8 (10g)…Tallied the game-winning goal at 4:33 of the third overtime period in Game Four at Chicago on May 8…Recorded his second career playoff hat trick on April 25 vs. Vancouver, which included the game-winning goal at 0:51 of the first overtime…Tied a Stanley Cup Finals record with four assists in Game Two vs. Florida on June 6. 1994-95: Led Quebec and was fourth in the NHL in scoring with 62 points in 47 games…Was third in the league in assists (43). 1993-94: Played in all 84 games and led the Nordiques with 92 points. 1992-93: Led the Nordiques with 48 goals and topped the 100-point plateau for the third time…Scored a career-high 20 power-play goals. 1991-92: Ranked first on Quebec with 65 assists and 94 points. 1990-91: Finished seventh in the NHL with 109 points…Led the Nordiques in points, goals (48) and assists (61). 1989-90: Played in 80 games during his second season in the league, tallying 102 points. 1988-89: Made his NHL debut on Oct. 6 vs. Hartford and picked up his first assist/point…Scored his first career goal Oct. 8 vs. New Jersey. 1987-88: Won the WHL scoring title with 160 points and also led the league with 78 goals for Swift Current…1988 Canadian Major Junior Player of the Year and WHL Player of the Year. 1985-86: Made his pro debut with Burnaby and scored 83 goals in 80 games.
Has represented Canada at seven international competitions, including three Olympics (1998, 2002, 2006)…Served as captain of the Canadian Olympic Team at the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy…Played in all six games, recording a goal and two assists…Named MVP of the 2002 Olympics after helping Canada to its first gold medal in 50 years…Led Team Canada with seven points (4g/3a) during the tournament, including two goals in the gold medal game against the United States…Played in four games for Canada during the 1998 Olympics in Nagano but was injured prior to Canada’s semifinal loss to the Czech Republic…Helped Canada win the gold medal at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, leading the team with four goals…Won gold with Team Canada at the 1988 IIHF World Junior Championship…Led Canada in scoring (6g/5a) at the 1991 IIHF World Championship…Tied for second on the team in scoring (4g/3a) at the 1994 World Championship as Canada captured gold for the first time since 1961.
Joe and his wife, Debbie, have three children: Mitchell (12) and twins Chase and Kamryn (8)…Joe and Debbie are active with the Food Bank of the Rockies charity…Joe hosts his own charity golf tournament to benefit the Food Bank every summer in Denver…Was awarded the 2007 NHL Foundation Player Award in recognition of his commitment and service to charities in his community…During the 2005-06 season, he served as team representative for the “Tyson Foods Lift Up America” campaign working with Food Bank of the Rockies to distribute 35,000 pounds of food and 12,000 teddy bears to 40 non-profit organizations throughout Colorado…1998 M.A.C. (Most Assists with Children) Award winner…Contributes time and resources to numerous Colorado Avalanche youth hockey programs…Has worn #19 since Pee-Wee hockey…Boyhood Idol: Wayne Gretzky…Brother, Brian, played center for the Flint Generals (CHL)…An avid golfer, Joe competes in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe every summer…Lists Augusta National as his favorite golf course.