Photos: 'Burnaby' Joe' Sakic's stellar hockey career

 

NHL star and Burnaby, B.C. native will be inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. He was one of the league's top forwards.

 
 
 
 
<div id="page1">Top hockey prospect Joe Sakic at home in January 1987. The Swift Current Broncos star would be drafted in June of that year by the Quebec Nordiques 15th overall at the NHL entry draft.</div>
 

Top hockey prospect Joe Sakic at home in January 1987. The Swift Current Broncos star would be drafted in June of that year by the Quebec Nordiques 15th overall at the NHL entry draft.

Photograph by: Vancouver Sun files, .

 
<div id="page1">Top hockey prospect Joe Sakic at home in January 1987. The Swift Current Broncos star would be drafted in June of that year by the Quebec Nordiques 15th overall at the NHL entry draft.</div>
A rookie Joe Sakic of the Quebec Nordiques sits on the bench during practice at the Pacific Coliseum in February 1989.
Joe Sakic is considered one of the NHL's best forwards, and should get a hall nod.
&#8216;Burnaby Joe&#8217; Sakic acknowledges the cheers of his &#8216;hometown&#8217; fans at Vancouver&#8217;s GM Place, after scoring his 500th career NHL goal in December 2002,
Joe Sakic, who both captained the Colorado Avalanche to the Stanley Cup and won the Hart Trophy as the league&#8217;s MVP, visits Cinderella Castle inside the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. that summer with his wife, Debbie, four year-old son Mitchell and seven-month-old twins in daughter Cameron (left) and son Chase (right).
Joe Sakic in action in a 2005 NHL game in Denver.
The Sedin twins &#8212; Daniel (left) and Henrik &#8212; put the squeeze on Joe Sakic during an NHL game between Sakic&#8217;s Avalanche and the Vancouver Canucks at GM Place in October 2002.
Joe Sakic (right) of Team Canada challenges Czech Republic defenceman Tomas Kaberle during the 2004 World Cup of Hockey semifinal in September 2004 at Toronto&#8217;s Air Canada Centre. Canada would go on to win the World Cup.
Passing the torch: Joe Sakic (left) with young teammate Paul Stastny &#8212; Sakic as a rookie played with Paul&#8217;s father Peter &#8212; during an Avalanche game in Denver last season.
Joe Sakic announces his retirement at a Colorado Avalanche press conference in Denver Thursday, after injuries cut short his attempt to play until the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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