Colorado Avalanche's Joe Sakic Retires

Francois GendronSenior Writer IJuly 8, 2009

Another great player will announce his retirement this week. Joe Sakic will meet the press tomorrow to give his impressions on his great career.

Sakic began his NHL career in 1988-1989 with the Quebec Nordiques. He quickly became the leader of the team and also became the public enemy No. 1 for every Montreal Canadiens fan.

Sakic played 20 seasons with the same organization, a rare thing in the current era. The Nordiques moved to Colorado in the mid-'90s but was never forgotten by Quebec's hockey fans.

Joe Sakic registered 1,641 points in 1,378 career games. Sakic registered six 100-plus points seasons during his career.

He also won the Stanley Cup twice with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and 2001 and won the Conn Smythe trophy award in 1996.

He helped Canada win an Olympic gold medal in 2002 as he scored two goals during the gold medal match against the Americans.

His induction into the hockey Hall of Fame is only a matter of time.

Thanks for the great memories, Joe.