Sacco, a native of Medford, Mass., played his college hockey at Boston University where he appeared in 111 games over three seasons with the Terriers. In 1987 he was a fourth round pick (71st overall) of the Toronto Maple leafs. He went to play 738 games in 13 years of his pro career, Sacco played with a number of teams such as Toronto, Anaheim, the New York Islanders, Washington, and Philadelphia.
In 2008, Sacco went on to coach, and found himself in Lake Erie coaching the AHL affiliate team of the Colorado Avalanche which he got 11 more wins than the year before with the team.
In early June 2009, the Avalanche had fired Tony Granato along with his full coaching staff after the most disastrous year ever since they moved from Quebec to Colorado. Tony Granato and his staff are the second on the list to get fired along with ex General Manager Francois Giguere.
Now the Avalanche had something to do. 2008/2009 assistant coach and former head coach of the Lake Erie Monsters, Joe Sacco was promoted earlier today to head coach of the Colorado Avalanche. New GM Greg Sherman had this to say about Sacco, “The American Hockey League has proven to be a valuable training ground for NHL head coaches and we’re confident that Joe’s experience at that level will be vital to his success with our organization at the NHL level.”
Sacco at 40 years old will be the 13th head coach of the 14 year old franchise.